The ungainly gnu (pronounced “g-new” or simply “new”) earned the Afrikaans name wildebeest, or “wild beast,” for the menacing appearance presented by its large head, shaggy mane, pointed beard, and sharp, curved horns.
- Wildebeest is a mammal that belongs to the family of antelopes and is one of the largest antelopes.
- Wildebeest looks like a close relative of a bovine because of its disproportionate body. It has large, box-shaped head, and strongly built front part of the body. Hindquarters are slender, just like in other antelopes.
- Wildebeest has a mane just like horse. Both males and females have curved horns.
- Wildebeest is a grazer. It eats mainly short grass. Wildebeest needs to drink water at least every other day.
- Calves (babies) are able to walk as soon as they are born. Few days after birth, babies can run with the rest of the herd.
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