How come I've never seen these?
So I've noticed when classifying that Grant's Gazelles are about as common as Tommys, so how come you never (or at least I haven't) hear/see them on documentaries on the serengeti or African plains (of which i have seen waaay too many). Or hartebeasts? Is the reason for the latter that they're impossible to take seriously because of how goofy they look?
Hartebeasts just make me laugh. Every time. They're just so.. derpy.
by dms246 moderator
I figure it's because Tommys are so much more distinctive and easy to recognise, with that large black stripe along their side.
As for the hartebeests ... heheh! I know what you mean. Though I tend to see them as "lone ranger" types, or the silent lawmen patrolling the plains - they look so solemn and somehow "lawful", and most of the images I've seen have been solitary hartebeests walking alone. But there was one photo I got, which had four hartebeests, all lined up, and the first thing that came into my head was "Gunfight at the OK Corral!" - they look so like the good guys lined up waiting for the bad guys to turn up. 😄
I have seen lots more Thompsons than Grants... lots...