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Jul 10, 2014 12:34 PM

Italy - Pre-Alps - uknown ungulate

I live in North Italy and walk up the local mountain ( 200m baseline up to 920M) every weekend. A few months ago I spotted a family of deer/ antelope (three, buck, doe and fawn),  that are foreign to here and may be introduced from Africa. The male was 1M 10 ish, grey/ silver with smooth pelt (like a deer) dark broad chest ( 20 - 30cm wide) marked change to lighter. Face deer shaped with rather thin dark (black?) pointed horns (no offshoot) going backwards then down sweeping forwards just below or above eye level. I may have found it once on google as introduced into France from Africa but (as is always the case) lost the bookmark.

 

I know the goats, deer, muflone and wild boar and this was nothing like any of them. The most striking thing was the colour, the fawn and doe appears even lighter iirc, it really seemed like something from Disney..

 

Any information really gratefully received it is driving me nuts.

 

Sincere regards,

 

By the way, did you know the term "porcupine" is used here for hedgehog.. and believe it or not there are the big ones in the hills here as well...

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