You’ll never spot a deer in these photos: the beast blends in perfectly with the hard-to-see cliffs
Can you spot gazelle perfectly camouflaged in its rocky surroundings in the mountain ranges of West Africa?
At first glance, these images seem like just snapshots of rocky cliffs, however, when you take a closer look you will find that there is much more to it. them than meets the eye.
Hidden among rocky mountains, lush green leaves or African landscapes are nature’s masters in disguise, two clipspringer deer cleverly camouflaged against their surroundings.
The sneaky couple, a type of antelope, use their clever disguise to keep onlookers confused as they invite you to play a real-life version of “Where’s Wally.”
Photographer Roan du Plessis, 26, captured these adorable photos while guiding a safari in Ngala Private Game Reserve, Nigeria, with American guests.
Can you spot the deer in the pictures below?
If you look very carefully, you might spot a deer in this rocky landscape, captured by 26-year-old photographer Rowan du Plessis.
The creature is almost impossible to spot because its colors help it blend into the rocks of the mountain – have you spotted it?
The dry and rocky slopes of West Africa provide the perfect camouflage for the small antelope with its brown coat
Rowan, who is originally from Johannesburg, said: “One of my guests actually spotted them first and exclaimed ‘What is that? “
Dwarf antelopes are commonly found among rock formations in Africa called kopjes because they provide an excellent location and shelter.
However, they can also thrive in riverbeds, rocky hills or outcrops, and even mountains up to 13,000 feet high.
The klipspringer is a small but robust mammal that can reach about 2 feet at the shoulder and weigh from 8 to 18 kg.
Their coats, which are made of hollow, brittle hairs, range in color from grey, reddish-brown, and yellow, and serve as effective camouflage in their rocky environment.
The deer’s most common feature is its small hooves, which help it jump into an Oreo cookie-sized spot due to the suction cup effect.
Luckily for photographer Rowan, Spring Clips can be found outside during the early morning and late afternoon hours while eating. Leaves, flowers, fruit and lichen.
They are often found in pairs and communicate with each other using whistles when disturbed and use scent to communicate with strangers – Clips’ springers can be spotted standing for long periods while watching for predators.
Reveal: Did you find it circled below?
The klipspringer is circled in yellow as it stands proud on the edge of the cliff — did you notice the mammals hidden in this photo?
Seeing deer closely captures them in motion as they climb up the cliff using their small, powerful hooves that have a suction cup-like function
The klipspringer is a small but robust mammal that can reach about 2 feet at the shoulder, making it even more difficult to spot among its surroundings.