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And then I might say "if you think that's a baboon, perhaps you are the baboon!" But probably not, because this is a positive environment and all guesses are welcome and also this is not a very common animal so guess whatever you want!
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Update: And the winner is... @Katy_Stephenson, who correctly guessed the answer within five minutes. Wow!
So, this lovely creature is the Bukharan markhor, a large goat species that happens to be the national animal of Pakistan. It's extremely endangered--only about 2,500 left in the world--but well-known due to its impressive beard and amazing horns. The horns vary based on subspecies; some have very tightly curled horns, some have flatter, more gently curled horns, but all are pretty great. Hello markhor!
Markhors (Capra falconeri)
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congrats Katy, phendersonPOPSCI and Mechanic56 has the scientific name correct, their range is in and around the Himalayan Mountains, gotta love google, cheers
Many years ago, while hiking near Srinagar in Kashmir, one stumbled across me, I think it was more surprised than me. I feel privileged I had the luck to see one in the wild.
I would like to name the goat in this article Bill Clinton.