Today I want to write about an animal that has really cool horns, the bighorn sheep.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- They grow up to 1.8 metres long and the males are larger than the females.
- They get their names from their massive curly horns that can grow up to 1 metre long in rams and weigh as much as the rest of their skeleton.
- Bighorn sheep are excellent climbers and are able to climb up very steep slopes to escape predators. Lambs are hunted by coyotes, lynxes, bobcats and golden eagles, whilst adults can be killed by bears, wolves and pumas.
- At breeding time, the males use their large horns to test their strength, raising themselves up on their hind legs and then smashing into each other headfirst. They have small cracks in their skull to help absorb the crash which can be heard a mile away.
- Bighorn sheep live in groups of up to 100 animals and can be found in mountainous areas of south-west Canada, western and central United States and north-west Mexico. At one stage, their numbers had dropped a lot, but they have since recovered and are considered safe from extinction.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about bighorn sheep?