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Buffalo dont charge cars. If one approaches you can drive slowly right into a herd


Under normal circumstances, no, buff should not charge cars, especially Kruger buff. One should understand that hunted buff act far more different then their normal game reserve cousies.

But in saying this I can also tell you that we were once charged by a bull as we watched a herd of about 50 head. This was between Letaba and Olifants.

It had its nose poked in the air to get our smell and it came straight for us right thru a bush. I was very fortunate to see the intentions of this buff and made a quick get away in time. A passing Uno had a really close call as the bull went for it too.

Was funny to see the reverse lights coming on with the bull towering over the lil car. :lol:

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I was told that Buffalo are very inquisitive animals and if one is charging you just drop something from the car and it will stop to inspect what you have dropped. Is that true


EricExSA,

On foot, it is said by big game hunters that one thing you could try to prevent from getting your complexion mixed with african soil is to remove a piece of clothing and chuck it on the ground as a time saving factor.

I am sure many folks never found out whether it had worked or not. There are very few things that will stop a buffalo when he has your name in his black book.

When you are in a car, as Boulder had said, you won't easily be charged by buff. But to waste time to drop something out of the window is also not exactly the optimum thing to try. Rather leave that left foot on the clutch and "drop" it when the buff "gets big on you".

A tip with rhino, seeing that they don't see(pardon the unintentional pun) all to well, they sometimes confuse a car as an intruding bull into their territory. When the thing with the horn on the snout comes your way, it is best to bang lighty on your car's roof or on the side of the door to expunge any confusion in the matter @ hand(or is it horn?) and signal to the rhino that you don't have any non-natural conjugal interested in his cows.

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This guy looks like he's been in a few wars, one horn broken and now a fresh wound. He had a few scratches down the side too, must have been lion attack
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This dagga boy either had a run in with another dagga boy or as you have said, by mentioning the scars on the flank had some visit from lions. Whichever way I would hate to see what his competitior looks like.


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Hows this for a headset. photographed this handsome guy on the H1-3 near Tshokwane.

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This big herd seen on the H3 from the bridge over the Matjula

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In Kruger 3 weeks ago we saw a buffalo that looked like its boss had been viciously pecked at. It was an bright orange colour. Is that a disease?
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Amazing - a pure white buffalo calf. Why does it occur, how often, what are the chances of its survival relative to other calves its age, should the park rear the calf in captivity.
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Amazing pic.
Albino animals are born due to a recessive gene that is expressed by chance. Mommy and daddy just happen to carry the gene and by chance this is the gene that is transferred to the sperm and egg during meiosis. Then, eureka a white calf is born.
As for chances for survival, IMO slim, as this calf would stand out like a sore thumb, and no i don't think that the calf should be reared in captivity as this is a recessive gene that is expressed and these gene's usually carry other abnoramalities that is un-healthy. ie not good for the buffalo population.


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Wild-doc wrote:
as this is a recessive gene that is expressed and these gene's usually carry other abnoramalities that is un-healthy.


Just on the point of gernetics.

Each and every living thing carries recessive genes (Also referred to as the genotype) and dominat genes that you can "see" like the colour of a persons eyes (ALso called the Phenotype. A homozygous(Coming from the mother and father) state of any of these rececive genes make it visible, should the locus not be on the gender chromosome.

Some heterozygous states can also be visible and only be spread by one parent (Like hair growing from the ears of men, that is a gene only carried by the males). Recessive genes can be a weakpoint, strongpoint or not influencial on the well-being of any animal.

It is however incorect to say that e rececive gene carries other abnormalities, as a single gene only accounts for itself. This calf may be the strongest ever, or have many other problems, all non related to the gene for albinism that is a single factor non sex linked recessive.

I kind of hope it survives long enought (Within a herd it is a slim possibility) as I would be facinated by a fully grown white buffalo. (As with Moby Dick, this is the stuff that legends are made of.)

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It is however incorrect to say that e recessive gene carries other abnormalities, as a single gene only accounts for itself. This calf may be the strongest ever, or have many other problems, all non related to the gene for albinism that is a single factor non sex linked recessive.


Maybe i tried to oversimplify it. It is well known that recessive gene's are often "connected " to other gene's that carry abnormalities, that if the one is expressed the other "weak treats" will also be expressed.For example cystic fibrosis albinism. yes not all recessive genes carry abnormalities. Take another example, people born with blue eyes,( that is a recessive trait), now physically there is nothing wrong with people who have blue eyes, but statistically it has been shown that people with blue eyes have in general poorer vision. But then again if we want to use the correct terms we must rather say that dominance and recessivity are properties of characters, not genes. :wink: [/quote]


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 Post subject: Buff herd in the Satara area
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A huge herd of buff were seen in the Satara area. Does anyone have an estimated number of animals in the herd?

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