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The chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra) is a species of goat-antelope native to mountains in Europe. The English name comes from French chamois, meaning leather. Chamois leather is a type of porous leather, traditionally the skin of this mountain goat. Chamois inhabits mountains, alpine meadows, steep slopes and rocky terrains on the altitude from 2.600 to 11.800 feet. Chamois has a thick woolly coat that is reddish brown-coloured during the summer and light grey during the winter. characteristics are white contrasting marks on the sides of the head with pronounced black stripes below the eyes, a white rump and a black stripe along the back. It can leap 6.6 feet vertically (off the ground) and 20 feet horizontally (in length). Males and females have short, straightish horns which are hooked backwards near the tip, the horn of the male being thicker.
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