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Rupicapra rupicapra


This is a common, an emblematic, goat-antelope or small bovid of European mountains, roughly the size of a large goat.


As said above, this is an emblematic animal of montane regions of France in general; and of Jura range in particular. Here, observed on montane protected pastures of Haut Jura; highest part of Jura range, on balcons of a large crack.


Upon seeing this one, resting in a shade of this balcony, we could not determine if something was wrong - the Chamois was alone, and have not moved for over 2 hours (the time we reached the top, had some rest and came back the same way) - we found both facts to be bizarre; but could not see any wounds...

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Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

Especially like the second shot; the inclusion of the larger view is very nice for showing its environment.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Beautiful animal. I like the last two context shots.

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Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Aug 16, 2019
Submitted on Aug 18, 2019

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