Welcome to Fast Facts with Reasons for Hope! I’m Carl Kerby.
Today, we’re looking at the beautiful, backswept bongo horns which are found on both the male and the female.
When the bongo is three months old, its horns appear and grow continually throughout its life.
Shaped like the lyre instrument with a strong spiral, the male’s horns will grow to a massive forty inches, while the female’s will be thinner and parallel.
The bongo’s horns, like a bull’s, are made of a strong keratin layer which is hollow inside. They will grow to be as wide as its body because it lifts its chin to lay down its horns as it runs. This ensures a quick escape without any brush entanglement. Unfortunately, this cowardly nature of fleeing becomes visible as a bald spot begins to appear on its back from its horns rubbing against its fur.
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