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Whistling cabra montés!!!!

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Offline Petrea

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« on: February 25, 2014, 15:27 PM »
Now, today I surely got myself a surprise! Doing my weekly round in the Sierra Almijara, I came across a female cabra montés(a?). Unusually, she did not run away, just stared at me. And, then all of a sudden: she emitted a sharp but a but hoarse whistle!!  :o

I looked around to see if anyone else was around, but no. However, her kid emerged from the bushes, and after a brief encounter with mum, he jumped up the cliff on the other side of the road. Mummy whistled again, he came back and they both disappeared in funny, rabbit-like jumps!

I guess nobody is going to believe me, if you cannot provide me with a link to a sound recording of such an event!!!!!   :banghead:

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Petrea
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2014, 19:41 PM »
Well I believe you because I hear them whistling quite often. It usually makes me jump though! Not the sort of noise one would associate with a goat!

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« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2014, 19:47 PM »
What a relief, thank you, Andy!   :sign:

Yes, it was a rather sharp sound, but nicer than the domestic goat baaaa.......
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2014, 11:08 AM »
You are talking of Ibex?
There's a video with a whistle here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J60ZjEtpy7M

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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2014, 16:11 PM »
Yes, Juan, that's it!  :clapping: So, now we've got proof!

It would be nice to have a sound track from Spanish Ibex (these obviously speak Mongoleese!  :biggrin:).

Now I wonder: do they all whistle, or is it the mothers call of the kids?

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Petrea
« Last Edit: February 26, 2014, 16:13 PM by Petrea »
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« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2014, 18:08 PM »
Hi everyone
Well I am an old goat and I often whistle, Sorry
Dave

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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2014, 18:41 PM »
Dave, maybe you could get together with a pack and Gareth Malone and all might be taught to whistle "Colonel Bogey"  ;)