Grooming

The Impala is a gregarious antelope species encountered in large numbers. Impalas have developed a number of adaptations that allow them to thrive. Grooming and tick removal are high on the list of survival skills. The Impala is the only hoofed animal that does allogrooming – mutual grooming from one animal to another – as well as grooming itself. A herbivorous species, the Impala has adapted to graze and browse, thereby maximising the availability of food. Impala will feed on grasses and herbs, as well as the leaves of bushes and shrubs. The impala makes guttural grunts which are audible for a great distance. An alert impala will bark out an alarm that puts the entire herd to flight – and a fleeing impala is hard to catch. Impalas are very fast runners able to leap distances of up to 10 meters. They use this technique to escape predators and sometimes, it seems, simply to amuse themselves.
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The photo was taken during February 2019 at Bushtime at Mabula, Bela-Bela, Limpopo, South Africa.
Info source: https://www.sabisabi.com/wildfacts/impala/

Grooming

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