Nilgiri Tahr

After a long time, we went on drive up the hills of the western ghat  mountains. Anaimalai wildlife sanctuary, near Pollachi, is the part of western ghats closest to home.

To our surprise, we found many Nilgiri Tahr right on the curvy mountain roads. We have previously seen a couple of goats along the hair pin bends close to Akkamalai… but this was the first time we saw them in many groups.

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A few years back, when we spotted a Tahr, it was very shy and stepped down a deep mountain slope as soon as it spotted us. But with the increasing number of tourists, it looks like these shy goats have become used to humans and their cameras.

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This one did not mind us as we approached closer trying to zoom in on its famous curved horns. It was busy munching away at peace.

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