Photo from: bruno leteurtre
L. Pyrenaica pyrenaica, Fr. chamois, Eng chamois, small goat-like antelope. It is not a beautiful animal but charming, sure footed and can reach startling speeds. It is surmised that the chamois is a native of East Asia and that during the Ice Ages and Pleistocene different sub-species developed.
The Pyrenean species lived in the mountains in northern Spain. Subspecies of the Rupicapra rupicapra or Alpine species are found in the Alps of Italy, Switzerland, France, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. Their goat-like coats molt, being thick and dark during the winter and lighter and thinner during the summer. They weigh 30 kg more or less. Although they can live up to 20 years, their life expectancy is around 12 or 13 years.
Like goats, they are fussy herbivores eating herbs, shoots, leaves, buds, flowers and pine needles. They prefer leaves and flowers, which they gobble up first, leaving pine needles for last, to pick over during the winter when nothing else is available.
Photo from: Tim Kane
[ES: “Gastronomia.” May 2, 03; Lord, Susan. La cocina. Corporación Cultural Calera de Tango. May 24, 2006. ES: Walker. Nov 1, 02; and Trapiello. 1994:138]
See the Medieval Spanish Chef’s blog titled Corzo, published August 23, 2013 for Sent Sovi’s excellent recipe LXXXX, Sauce for stag or boar or for bears or roe deer or all wild beasts, p 123.