IBEX – Spits and Rails at his Trainer/Owner

Posted on July 17, 2010


Many North Amerians first learn of an Ibex from pitures of Egyptian tomb figures.  Renditions of the Ibex since there are a large variety of them. Here is a very funny Spanish video of a man pretending to have a conversation with a grouch of an Ibex.

[Below, t]his ibex-shaped unguent container came from the Annex of Tutankhamun’s tomb. The container (ca. 1370-1352 BCE) is carved of a single piece of calcite, with holes in its body for the contents, resting on a low slab of calcite. The opening or mouth of the vessel is on the back of the ibex. The oils that it contained were stolen in one of the robberies of the tomb, shortly after the tomb had been sealed. Real ibex horns were attached to the head, but only one survives. The eyes, inlaid into metal sockets, were formed of glass or crystal, and the details were painted on the underside. The protruding tongue is made of ivory, stained red. The animal’s markings and other features such as the hooves were painted on the surface, as well as a cartouche with Nebkheperwre, the king’s throne name, with a solar disc and two feathers on top, showing on the left shoulder of the animal. The ears were pierced but the earrings are lost. [Google Images]

A young Spanish Ibex that became extinct 10 years ago.  DNA was gathered and a female was coned.  It was the first wild extinct animal cloned.  As with many clones, lung problems developed and it died. [Telegraph UK]

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