The diversity of the animal kingdom never fails to astound us. Each and every one of its species tries to live in this complicated environment in a different way.
There is a wide variety, some domestic, others more wild, but they all contribute significantly to the ecological harmony of our ecosystem, as is well known.
Each one of them, of course, draws our attention in a different manner, but there is one small creature that will unquestionably win your heart in every way imaginable.
They are the shy, elusive dik-diks, who like to spend their time hidden in trees.
They are among the world’s tiniest antelope species, and they are just too cute.
They live in the Horn of Africa, Kenya, and Tanzania, which are dry regions of East Africa with extensive scrub.
Their velvety fur, reddish-brown head, grey-brown to red-brown legs, and tail are what make them unique. They have white underparts.
When dik-diks reach adulthood, they can reach lengths of up to 70 cm and weigh up to 7 kilograms.
Although it may seem unbelievable, their hooves have extremely rubbery bottoms, which helps them as they go on fairly bumpy roads.
The horns on the males, which may reach a length of 11.4 cm, set them apart from the females. Their thick forelocks make it often difficult to tell them apart.
They are monogamous, like other tiny antelope, too. But they are much more unique because of something. They drop dung and urine as a form of territorial marking and as a means of maintaining the pair’s bond.
Even in the driest locations, they use a less adorable method to indicate their presence.