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 Post subject: Re: Help With BBJ Behaviour
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:27 pm 
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Richprins wrote:
So not roadkill then!

No definitely not roadkill...

Tom124 wrote:
There are very few visible lacerations on the BEF

Indeed - the BEF seemed almost intact when we first saw it. The only noticeable mark before the BBJ started to tear away was on its hindquarters. The small puncture area can be seen above, but here it is enlarged:

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One thought I had... it's the time for pups/cubs, so perhaps this one was trying to protect its pups from a predator and ended up being killed as a result. Could have been a caracal or BBJ - but due to the lack of struggle marks perhaps the caracal is a more likely candidate. I've heard they are quite amazing killers.

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 Post subject: Re: Help With BBJ Behaviour
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One can only speculate ... but:

It is quite possible that the BBJ killed the Fox. BBJ is a superb hunter and opportunist and are known to kill even small antelope, and bigger animals that are vulnerable due to injury or other reasons. They are physically much stronger and better equipped in the weaponry department than the Fox. The BBJ is not listed as one of the main predators of the Bat eared fox, but opportunistic kills are quite possible. Also remember that most predators will actively eliminate another predator should it have the opportunity, since it removes a competitor and possible threat to itself or its young.

But ... with the limited evidence it is merely speculation.

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 Post subject: Re: Help With BBJ Behaviour
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Hi all,
Interesting thread.

I have witnessed BBJ and BEF interaction in the Kalahari on numerous occassions and can't say conclusively that the BBJ didn't kill the BEF.

BEFs I have seen usually foraged as a pair and when they encountered BBJs they chased them off quite comfortably. The BBJ didn't make any attempt whatsoever to kill the BEF but rather to steal the prey that the BEF had caught. I was quite astounded that the BEF was quite happy to engage the BBJ the way they did.

The fact that this BEF seemed to be alone makes me believe it was a young animal that had just left the den or perhaps an old animal that died of natural causes. I firmly believe from my experiences with these animals that if the BBJ had attacked an animal from a pair of BEFs he would have his hands full and not succeed in the kill.

Thats not to say that a BBJ wouldn't or couldn't kill a BEF, I think if it was hungry enough it would have a go but there would be a price to pay for such bold behviour as I'm sure the BBJ would sustain injuries in the process.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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 Post subject: Re: Help With BBJ Behaviour
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@ Ingweman.

You forgott something very important. BBJ are also in Pairs so the jackal have a big advantage, he much ,ore powerfull.

BEF have a very big problem they will eat Insects and Mice but anything stronger the will not be able to chew. The Teath are not prepared.

Jackals indeed have the Power and the Jaws to eat big game and it is proved that Jackals not only scavange.

there are three posibilkities. the BEF were sick or the Jackal were in pair and attack. the third thing could be that another predator kill this animal and he scanvange. it ist all öpossibel.

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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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why is it that almost all SAN Parks guides describe jackals as to mainly eat carrion? according to Smithers' "Mammals in South Africa" during a research (not specified when and where) carrion was only found in 25 - 37 % of the tested stomachs? Or am I missing something here?


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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2010 6:32 pm 
Hey, ice!

I think a lot depends upon the jackal's locality...

For example, jackals outside a Park would find very little carrion, while those in lion areas would find more, and most certainly do head straight for kills!

They are very adaptable! :P


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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:17 pm 
These are very rare shots, IMHO, taken at Crooks' Corner, Pafuri, Oct. 2009

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Note the strangely shaggy appearance for a Kruger jackal...

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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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In this not to little video, you see the Black backed Jackels that I saw last year in KTP and the two Jackels that had stolen the prey [Bat eared Fox] of a Caracal and the Caracal came back to collect his prey again. :wink:



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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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wow Nico!! :clap: :clap: ...As always...GREAT footage!! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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Great photo Johaan, quite a 'dopey' looking Jackal :D

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 Post subject: Re: Black Backed Jackal
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I may have missed this same question but I was wondering how common it is for BBJ's to attack Kudu?
The reason I am asking is a few years ago in Addo we watched a jackal attack a Kudu - the Kudu was not full grown but neither was it a a baby. In sheer exhaustion the two animals lay down next to each other - only to have the bbj again attack the Kudu when it stood up. We watched for a time and another three jackal joined the first one in attacking the young Kudu.
I do not know the outcome because they all disappeared behind a hill and some trees and bushes. It seemed like the Kudu tried to get in between a few ostriches that were in the area - perhaps hoping for some form of protection.

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 Post subject: Re: Jackals in Kruger??
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The first few kms of the H7 near Orpen produces regular Jackal sightings!
Also the s106 Rabaleis loop!

The open grasslands East and North of Satara always produces Jackal! :thumbs_up:

Jackal on the s90 NE of Satara
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Jackal on the s127 leading to Timbavati North of satara
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