In the rainforest you can sometimes find the most unexpected animals in the most unexpected places. Thus, during the time of the person in the canopy of the rainforest, for example, repeatedly observed tortoises. Therefore, the fact that small antelope adapted to life in the trees, you can take as extraordinary only at first glance. In human epoch have been known cases where even domestic goat deftly climb trees and grazing, eating their branches.
In the rainforest of Southeast Asia, a new animal that had developed life in the forest canopy at a height of 15 to 30 meters above the ground. It is not the primacy, not a rodent, a small species of cloven-hoofed animals, the size of just a hare. Wood-goat baby - one of the few surviving species of bovids. This is not a real goat, and a descendant of gorals (Nemorhaedus goral). During the Ice Age, these ungulates have migrated south. When the glaciers began to melt away, animals have adapted to life in tropical conditions, changing slopes on the trunks of trees and vines.
Dwelling in warm areas in Asia affected the appearance of a descendant of the northern animals. They parted with shaggy hair, hair has become short and velvety. Living in the forest canopy, these ungulates acquired motley color: main body color is golden brown with transverse black stripes, neck and dark brown head, the tip of the muzzle is white. On the chest there is a white spot in the shape of a crescent, the inner thighs and the area under the tail to form a characteristic white spot ungulates - "mirror." Body is very delicate, feet and neck are thin and long. To protect against overheating and the large animal has a relatively wide ears. Eyes are also relatively large.
Wood-chips goat originally lived on the slopes of the mountains covered with creeping vegetation, but gradually adapted to life in the forest canopy. This animal is still not able to climb the branches, like monkeys or rodents: it belongs to the hoof, and she has no claws, no grasping fingers. Therefore, it simply runs the vines and thick branches, making a long jump from branch to branch. Wood-chips goat found only in parts of the old primary rain forest, where the curtain will close relative, and vines buzz tree trunks, forming a kind of "road" on which these ungulates move. When life in the forest large size - not very convenient feature, significantly limiting freedom of movement. Therefore, this creature was one of the smallest ungulates: height at the withers of adult male does not exceed 20 cm.
Skills climber, inherited from the ancestors of the mountain, very useful goat-crumbs to live in the forest. The claw of the beast has sharp edges and legs covered as stockings, hard "brushes" of hair that increase the adhesion to the support. Thanks to them, the animal may, for example, to walk on the crust slightly sloping tree trunk. Small animal weight greatly facilitates such acrobatics.
Goat-head wood chips armed with thin horns. Fights of these animals are under strict rules: opponents are not faced with a run, and kneel front legs and heads are starting to fight.
Wood-chips goat lives in small herds, which is headed by a male. In the herd there are up to five females and their offspring who has not reached puberty. Growing up, young females to join another herd and males form small bachelor groups. Twice a year the female gives birth to one or two cubs. They feed on her milk before one month of age, but already from the first week of life try food of adult animals. The three-monthly age young animals are transferred to an independent life, and in the age of seven months young female for the first time brings posterity.
The lifespan of this species is small: typically up to 8 - 9 years.