HornsRooted in the skin of the nose, bihorn horns continue growing throughout the animal’s life, and can repair itself if broken or damaged. Their horns are used in territorial defense, foraging, for digging wallows and as marks of fertility.
SkinTheir skin hangs around the creature in large folds and is layered in fat for insulation from the extreme temperatures in its environment. It similarly covers itself in mud dried wool to further cool its body. Bihorn skin is very thick, to protect it from rough foliage and the occasional predator.
HeadsBihorns have elongated heads, with eyes on either side, so they must turn in a given direction to look and unable to perceive depth.
Hoofed FeetIt is a sure-footed climber commonly seen on difficult precipices and shear ice glaciers.
Genetics and Reproduction
Bihorns reach sexual maturity at about 30 months. Females in a herd undergo synchronized estrus in the colder months, at which time females and males participate in a mating ritual. Mature males stare for long periods, dig rutting pits, and fight each other in showy scuffles. Both females and males usually mate with multiple individuals during breeding season. After the breeding season, females form loose-knit nursery groups of up to 50 bihorns, while adult males leave, often alone or with two-three others. Single offsprings are born after a six-month period, after moving to an isolated ledge. Afterwhich, they lick them dry and ingest the placenta to trigger lactation for a month. Kids begin to run and climb half a day after birth and follow their mothers closely for their first year. Mothers protect their young by leading them out of danger, standing over them when faced by predators, and positioning themselves below their kids on steep slopes to stop freefalls.
Ecology and Habitats
Bihorns can thrive in cooler, higher altitude conditions. They usually stay above the tree line throughout the year but will migrate seasonally to higher or lower elevations to forage, rest, reproductive needs, regulate body heat and for security from predators or disturbances.
Dietary Needs and Habits
PlantsBihorns are equipped with two rows of deep molars suited to grinding up plant matter; alongside a sharp row of lower incisors to break off stiffer plant matter. They also possess apposable lips for high foliage grasping and easy grazing.
Mineral LicksBihorn often lick and swallow rocks to increase their salt intakes and aid in thier digestion.
Mostly a solitary animal except for courtship and offspring-rearing. It is a vocal species that also communicates through marking soil with its feet, twisting saplings into patterns, and leaving excrement.