Why Do Some Females Have Horns?

…male and female cattle (including the many wild versions such as the African Cape Buffalo) and wildebeest (a kind of antelope) have horns, while in most other bovids only the males have horns. Both male and female caribou (a kind of deer) grow antlers each year, while in most other deer only the males do so.

But why? Read this.


  1. #1 NewEnglandBob
    October 5, 2009

    Of course there is the obligatory mother-in-law joke. Talk amongst yourselves and create your own.

  2. #2 Surgery Thailand
    October 6, 2009

    I think if they fight for the female, then they need their horns. Ortherwise there is no use of it.

  3. #3 El Guerrero del Interfaz
    October 6, 2009

    Here in Spain (and in South America) the jokes would not be about mother-in-law…