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Unread postby Nico » Fri Nov 10, 2006 1:18 pm

:shock: What a pics Mars 123. Maybe it survived a lion attack but died after all by the injuries. :?
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Unread postby Nkulu » Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:33 am

Just north of Mopani camp a dead Hippo lay close to the road during Easter. A square patch of skin appeared to have been stripped of it's side leading to the theory that this was man made? Although there were plentiful vultures, no other scavengers appeared for the two days we were in the area :doh: If anyone can throw some light on the matter it would be appreciated (and might settle some disputes as the theories were many :wink: )

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Unread postby bert » Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:48 am

Could be for veterinary research

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Hippo at Mopani

Unread postby BushBabe » Wed Apr 11, 2007 2:46 pm

We were also in the Park for easter and saw the hippo too. Listened in as the Catering manager commented that the Rhino had been around the hippo for at least two days and kept on nudging it, as if to help it up, did not seem to have hurt it. We saw and recognised a sign at Satara that this rhino is "Ore" (he only has one ear, the left, which is also damaged) and was relocated to the Mopane section of the Park to assist with raising numbers there. The story develops!
We believe that the presence of the rhino kept predators and scavengers at bay, but would love to know what happened- we saw it last on Sunday 8 April - did it eventually attract some excitement?
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Unread postby Deville » Fri Apr 13, 2007 9:19 am

We also saw this Rhino and Hippo. I spoke to Johann Oelofse at the sighting and he was waiting for the Rhino to leave the Hippo long enough for him to do a post-mortem to determine if the Rhino had killed it or not. These photos were taken on the afternoon of the 7 April, not very good because of the tall grass.


We left Mopani on the morning of the 9th and also saw the Hippo had the square cut in its side and it was very bloated by now and lots of Vultures had gathered in the trees

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Apr 13, 2007 11:42 am

Hi guys!

Had a very clear view of the rotting carcass on Monday. There was no rhino when we were there, just vultures. We Asked two different rangers about it.

The first who was at Mopani said he was killed by a rhino in a fight two days ago. We immidiatly assumed it to be a black rhino.

The second who was at Mooiplaas said that he was killed by a white rhino. He said the predators were waiting for the meat to rot and the vultures had not eaten it because in respect, they wait for the Lappet-faced to come and start the meal.
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Unread postby Wild@Heart » Fri Apr 13, 2007 11:48 am

Wild about cats wrote:... and the vultures had not eaten it because in respect, they wait for the Lappet-faced to come and start the meal.

:lol: @ respect ... that sounds like a remark by a ranger or field guide

Reason they wait for the Lappet-Faced is because these vultures are the only vulture who are able to break the thick skin of an animal. If an animal died because of natural causes and no puncture wounds the other vultures can only get to the soft spots like the eyes. That is until the "respectable" lappet shows up and breaks the skin .. alowing other vultures then to start enjoying in the feast.

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Unread postby Mgoddard » Fri Apr 13, 2007 2:50 pm

I was told by a guide on a morning drive that if you see a lapet face vulture in a tree, look out, as there is definetely a kill around..and also keep your nose buds open as you can smell it from a mile away.....after 30 years I still believe its true as whenever I see or smell it, I saw predators or an old kill lying in the bush....

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Apr 26, 2007 6:39 am

One of those infamous Pafuri Hippos.


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Unread postby bucky » Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:01 am

Is it possible that a lack of suitable females ready for breeding in the mopani area can be causing the aggression of this bull ?
From the pictures it would definitely seem like something in this direction .

You would probably find that a bull that has come from the south of the park has never had a problem finding a mate , but now getting moved up north has changed things somewhat .

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Unread postby Dave » Sun Apr 29, 2007 10:18 am

We had a clear view of the carcass on Friday 13th, no Rhino around, and carcass was totally covered with vultures, with many more in the surrounding trees and at the nearby waterhole. I have some video footage and will see whether I can download it. (Unfortunately my camera is not digital). Also no incision was visible on the carcass. We passed the carcass again on Sunday 15th, and all that was left over where the skin and bones.

Also interested to know why the Rhino acted in this strange way, and what caused the hippo's death.

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed May 02, 2007 7:28 pm

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