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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby G@mespotter » Mon Oct 27, 2008 11:25 pm

Shows you how even the animals adapt to our 'emancipated' modern world :twisted: Eishhh....
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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby Richprins » Wed Nov 05, 2008 6:32 pm

An interesting article on the "transgender" issue: CUSTOS 1990

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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby oddesy » Fri Nov 14, 2008 11:16 pm

Up at pafuri the nyala are almost as bad as impala :shock:
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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby gerharddb » Sat Nov 15, 2008 2:22 am

wow Oddesy nice one. :clap:
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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby Mike1916 » Sat Nov 15, 2008 11:10 am

really nice pic :D
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Nyala - or NOT?

Unread postby Dave Heard » Sun Jan 25, 2009 12:12 pm

In May 2006 a couple of k's from Sunset Dam on the Skukuza/Lower Sabie I stopped to video some male Nyala - one of my favourites.
It was only when I returned home on going through the video I came across the "female Nyala with horns?".
I hadn't noticed it at the time as it is normal for young male Nyala to have the female's colouring in early life. But as their horns develop they also grow the long mane and under-belly of the male. Their colour changes in that process to the black/grey of the adult.
As can be seen from the photos (extracted from the video - low definition) something went a bit wrong this time.
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Re: Nyala - or NOT?

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sun Jan 25, 2009 2:23 pm

Very beautiful markings 8)

I do think that the Nyala must be one of the most arresting animals.
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Re: Nyala - or NOT?

Unread postby amyhogge » Sun Jan 25, 2009 4:51 pm

We saw/photographed a "female nyala with horns" in November this year, between L Sabie and Nkuhlu. We only saw the front of the animal but I also assumed something had gone wrong, developmentally.

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Re: Nyala - or NOT?

Unread postby Richprins » Sun Jan 25, 2009 6:47 pm

Welcome, Dave and Amy!

Yes, it seems more and more people are spotting the genetic aberration of horned female nyalas...I spotted one near Shingwedzi last year! :shock:

Check (and post) on the "Antelope: nyala" thread! :D

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Re: Nyala - or NOT?

Unread postby nighthawk2 » Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:12 am

It wasn't until I saw this post that I realised we had seen the female Nyala with horns during our last visit in Sept 09. We saw them around Nkulu.. I think just north of the picnic site but before the high water bridge.

We've seen Nyala along here over the last 7 years but the first of the female with horns.

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Re: Nyala - or NOT?

Unread postby Jock » Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:58 am

When we were in Kruger in June last year we saw the same nyala, near Lower Sabie and I posted pictures under Nyala thread and unusal in the animal thread. It was discussed there if you are interested in what was said. It is certainly something different to see and it would appear it has been spotted more and more.
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Re: Antelope: Nyala

Unread postby Jock » Mon Jan 26, 2009 3:03 am

If you look on page three the nyala "female" with horns is discussed. Very interesting
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Nyala at Thulamila waterhole

Unread postby sandy » Sat Jul 31, 2010 2:29 pm

On a recent trip to paradise we spent some time at Punda camp.Late one afternoon we went to the waterhole at Thulamila and saw two Nyala behaving really strangely. They had their tails over their backs and their heads down, and were walking in REALLY slow motion in circles, one behind the other doing identical moves. Is this part of a mating ritual, was there a predator close by that they were trying to confuse? - does anyone know of this behavior. Be interesting to find out.

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Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole

Unread postby Richprins » Sat Jul 31, 2010 5:03 pm

Hallo, and welcome, sandy! :thumbs_up:

A very good question!

Yes, it is mating behaviour in the sense that the bulls posture and display by making themselves look as large and powerful as possible...bit like human males... :tongue:

Never seen them actually bashing each other, but often this ritual!

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Re: Nyala at Thulamila waterhole

Unread postby sandy » Sat Jul 31, 2010 6:43 pm

Thanks for your reply. :)

We thought it might be a mating ritual, but they didn't actually touch each other, it looked as though they were in a trance! The one at the back following the leaders steps exactly,even to the point of going under the branches of a dead tree ???
Do have photos will try and post later...


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