A series of high, stiff-legged jumps made by gazelles (Bovidae) while they are running. This behaviour alerts the herd to the presence of a predator, but the gazelle's probable reason for stotting is to warn a predator that it has been seen and its pursuit is therefore futile, because the quarry will escape. The word may be derived from the Scots word stot meaning ’to bounce’. See also pronking.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences — Ecology and Conservation.