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Unread postby Freda » Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:14 pm

Also saw them on the 28th from the Sand River Bridge :D but only got two in the pic :cry:
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Unread postby Ludwig » Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:01 pm

When I saw this Nyala bull just out side Olifant camp it was still dark.
First I thought some impalas were crossing the street. They seemed to come directly from prison, because they all were wearing the special clothes with stripes.
When I came closer I could see: These were no impalas, these were Nyalas and on the right hand side I saw this bull only a few meters away waiting to pass the street behind my car.
I stopped, fired and got a this picture of him.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sat Jan 05, 2008 2:10 pm

Same ones as you saw Freda, same place.

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Unread postby Jock » Tue Jun 10, 2008 5:25 pm

On our recent trip into Kruger we saw these buck. The light brown one had me confused as she had horns, but looked way to big to be a bushbuck. We then spot the male nyala and realised it was nyala. Enjoy the sighting for ten minutes we moved on. Several km down the road a vehicle stopped us and asked if we had good pictures of the nyala. We replied we had and he told us that the light brown one was a female with horns which is meant to be very rare. What do you guys think?

Image the unusal female with horns.

Image the two nyala together
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:44 am

More and more Nyala sightings occurred in recent times in the Skukuza area.

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Horny ewe

Unread postby Richprins » Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:55 pm

Your Highness, that is indeed a rare sighting! :clap:

A nyala ewe with pretty stunted horns has been documented in Kruger before (Pafuri), but this one is a beautiful specimen, enough to make some males jealous! :shock:

Also notice the large size of the ewe - definitely some sort of hormonal imbalance!

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WTM, as far as SKUKUZA goes, the story is that some nyala were released in the nearby private Sabi Sands area outside the Park in the 70's.

Some of them promptly made their way down the river and have been doing well ever since! :shock:

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem as if they ever occurred there naturally, and could be regarded as invaders!? 8)

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Unread postby p@m » Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:31 pm

Are you sure the female with horns is not a mismarked male ? :shock:

Either way it's a great sighting !

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Re: Horny ewe

Unread postby Jock » Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:10 am

Richprins wrote:Your Highness, that is indeed a rare sighting! :clap:

A nyala ewe with pretty stunted horns has been documented in Kruger before (Pafuri), but this one is a beautiful specimen, enough to make some males jealous! :shock:

Also notice the large size of the ewe - definitely some sort of hormonal imbalance!

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RP - we saw this pair on the H4-1 near the Lubyelubye river. I was thinking the same thing about her size. I know in horses I have dealt with mares that are very aggressive like stallions and are unable to conceive. I wonder if this ewe has produced a calf.
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Unread postby Jeanus » Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:30 pm

We are in all likleyhood not talking about an ewe with horns here. In all the cases I have known of - either caught and examined, hunted or autopsied have been males who's testes have not fully developed.
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Unread postby Richprins » Thu Jun 12, 2008 7:34 pm

Thanks, Jeanus! There we have it!

BTW, do you think that would also apply to Impala "ewes" that have been found with malformed horns!?

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Unread postby Jeanus » Fri Jun 13, 2008 8:23 am

There are hunters who search out these anomalies and in the case of impala I have seen females with small deformed horns as well as males in these cases everything else seemed normal. It is probable though that the females are in some way exposed either in the womb or by their own bodies to a higher dose of male hormones. Remember too that in males if horn buds are damaged at an early age eg. running into a tree, it can cause a deformed horn to develop.
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Unread postby Jock » Fri Jun 13, 2008 9:58 am

Very interesting, thanks so much. Nature is such a complicated thing, it is amazing things do not go wrong more often.
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Unread postby TXDrifter » Fri Jul 11, 2008 10:53 pm

This guy spotted us on a sunset drive out of Letaba last August.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:43 am

Nyala seems to do mighty fine in the Park at the moment. I've never seen so many, especially in the southern park of Kruger.

We've had sightings of them in the Lake Panic area, the Salitje road/high water bridge area and also at Olifants a few km's from the gate.
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Unread postby Richprins » Mon Oct 27, 2008 8:14 pm

This horned female at Kanniedood Dam (Shingwedzi) on 1 Oct 2008.

She was fully grown.

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