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Have You Seen This? The perfect camouflage of nature

By Martha Ostergar | Posted - Nov. 5, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.



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THE GREAT OUTDOORS — Much flora and fauna has evolved into perfect forms of camouflage to avoid predators, whether it be by color, patterns or hiding instinct.

This is a challenge for predators and hunters, but for the rest of us it’s a delightful game of I Spy. Just take a look at these photos to see just how well some animals blend into their surroundings. Fun right?

To add an extra challenging layer, this video is a timed version of I Spy. It’s a little tough, so I’ll give you a hint — you are looking for tahrs on the hillside.

“What?” I hear some of you saying. “How can I spot a tahr when I don’t know what it is?” I assume many of you actually do know what a tahr is, but for those (like me) who didn’t, a tahr is closely related to a wild goat and basically looks like a slightly bigger, slightly more hairy goat.

You have exactly nine seconds to count how many tahrs you see until the answer is revealed. Ready, set, go!

Warning: You may have to rewatch the video several times to believe how many tahrs you see melting out of the hills.

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