Saturday, June 03, 2017

Hideout

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After checking Lovedale railway station, near Ooty, on the 3rd day of our travel to Nilgiris we encountered a Bison while looking for a place to have lunch. Driving further on the isolated Lovedale road adjoining the backyard of the Lawrence School we come to halt on the roadside to have lunch, but we unnoticed there was a Bison (Indian Gaur) standing at a height of about 15 foot vertically from where we stood.

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We almost decided to get down but heard the rustle sound in the bushes above and it was a bison grazing and hiding among the bushes. Though it isn’t a huge one and standing on the edge of the vertically down, it’s impossible for it to climb down or leap off but parents were not willing to stop there so we move on to another spot. Before doing so, tried to capture the Indian gaur hiding in the bushes and what you see here were visible then.

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The Indian Bison or Indian Gaur is a strong and massively built species, the largest extant bovine, native to South Asia. Gaurs are black in color while females are brown, but both the hide of male and female Gaurs is white below the knee of each leg. I have seen Indian gaurs in the mountains of Kodaikanal and Valparai, but it continues to excite seeing in wild.  

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10 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello, they look like massive critters. I would be spooked if one came out of the bushes at me. Great shots. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Gosia k said...

wow what a big creature. Is it dangerous for people?

Sandhya said...

We saw them at Valpaarai! They look amazing!

Breathtaking said...

Hello Jeevan!:) I would be excited too, if I saw a wild Bison,...but not just where I was picnicking!!! You did well to move on, just in case he became annoyed at being disturbed. Interesting fact about the Indian Bison being white below the knee. Have a blessed Sunday.:)

Destination Infinity said...

These are huge. It's a difficult decision to stop by them, even if just to take a few photos!

Destination Infinity

Sujatha Sathya said...

Quite an adventure I must say !

Twilight Man said...

Thanks for sharing this. I had never seen this Bison before which looks huge indeed.
I had seen big buffaloes and Yaks in China but not Bison. Like you said it is quite common in South Asia only. I remembered watching TV documentary that they have American Bisons too. I am not sure about their difference.

Nancy Chan said...

This one looks huge and dangerous. Does it attack people?

Jeevan said...

Gosia K and Nancy Chan – Yes, they are dangerous but attack people only if they feel threatening or disturbed.

Sandi said...

It blends in so well!