(Art work taken from here)
Do you know the dahu? What a fascinating creature it is! A friend in Grenoble told me the story.
The dahu looks like a deer, you know. A deer with a difference. It has two short legs and two long legs and lives in the mountains of France and Switzerland.The most intriguing thing about the dahu is that there’s no system that defines which legs are short and which long. If its two right legs are short, it can go up a mountain only clockwise, not anticlockwise. You can imagine why. But the poor baby dahu that has alternate legs short won’t survive. How will it? How can it run from danger?
Rarely spotted and therefore much coveted, hunting the dahu was considered great sport in the 19th century. Capturing one of those rare beasts was a source of pride indeed! Dahu hunts are still conducted as outdoor activities, but on April 1, 1967, the Prefect of Haute-Savoie (France) officially made the mountainous suburbs of the small town of Reigner a “Dahu Sanctuary” where hunting and photography are forbidden.