In the south-eastern Europe, Central Asia and western Mongolia regions dwell an animal worthy of appearing in a medieval bestiary for its rare appearance. Its most remarkable feature is an unusual swollen nose (proboscis) that filters out airborne dust during the dry summer and warms the cold air before it enters the lungs during the winter.
The creature is named Saiga antelope or Saiga tatarica. Is a “critically endangered” animal on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. During the 1970s were numbering over one million but the hunting pressure has reduced its populations to about 50,000 individuals.
It is not a big animal, stands about 0.8m (2 ft 7 in) at the shoulder and weighs between 36 and 63 kg (79 and 139 lb). The males are bigger than females and have horns. They can live over 6 to 10 years.
Could this strange and cute animal be familiar with Alf?