When humans want to hide in nature, we dress up in camouflage and ghillie suits. Fortunately for most animals, they don’t have to spend a fortune to hide in plain sight.
Animals have specially colored fur and other specific physical features to keep themselves safe and out of the clutches of predators and hunters. Such was the case with these Tahrs in New Zealand.
One moment, it looks like there’s nothing sitting on the hill. All is calm and quiet. But if you look closely, you can spy a few things that don’t look like they fit in.
Then all of a sudden, there’s a huge stampede of the goat-like creatures! It is amazing how well animals camouflage into their surroundings. When you take a quick peek at this hill, there appears to be nothing on it.
But then, a loud sound rings out over the land and these animals suddenly emerge. Within seconds, they’re all off and running! It’s crazy to watch them emerge from their hiding places on the hillside.
If you think these animals looks familiar, it’s because they’re distant relatives to the wild goat – and they are made for blending in with their surroundings. In some regions, they are considered endangered, yet in other regions, Tahrs run free and try to keep away from hunters.
This type of natural camouflage is so impressive to see unfold in the wild and it’s something humans try to replicate. Being able to blend into their habitat is an important way for Tahrs to stay alive and reproduce.
There are snow leopards that also roam the mountains in the Tahrs’ natural habitat in the Himalayan mountains and being able to hide is vital for these creatures. It’s amazing how well they’re able to hide in plain sight!
Take a peek at this stunning Tahr reveal for yourself in the video below.