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Penguin here.

Oryxes form a species of antelope that live in arid areas of Africa and Asia. According to Discovery News, the specific oryx found here, the scimitar-horned oryx, which lives in North Africa, is so well adapted to desert-like climates, that it can raise its body temperature to 116 degrees Fahrenheit (46.67 degrees Celsius) in order to prevent dehydration. Isn’t that neat? Unfortunately, the wild population of the scimitar-horned oryx is deemed extinct due to habitat destruction and climate-change, but thankfully there are zoos breeding these wonderful animals.

Here’s a picture of an adorable baby oryx from the Smithsonian National Zoo.

Baby Oryx Calf

Baby Oryx Calf

Here’s a picture of the baby with its mother. Aren’t the calf’s horns so small?

Oryx Calf with Mother

Oryx Calf with Mother

Found here: Discovery News