The Hebrew term ayal of Deuteronomy 14:5 is considered by some translators to be a reference to a gazelle. Some scholars dispute this and claim that the term should be viewed as a reference to either a roe or a red deer. The above species is alluded to in a text which outlines key dietary precepts and is said there to be a kosher and clean mammal.
The Gazelle is a fast running member of the bovid family. Over the years it has become a symbol that is associated with the spirit of the nation of Israel.
Habitat: Golan Heights, North East Africa and Asia.