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Re: Giraffe

Unread postby CuriousCanadian » Tue Nov 04, 2008 9:37 pm

How sweet!!!! :D I hope he found his Mom..... :pray:
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Re: Giraffe

Unread postby roaneric » Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:32 am

Imberbe wrote:Actually that is not that strange to see even small giraffe wandering far from mom! They are not notoriously good parents! :roll: This one is still very young though!

But somehow the most young giraffe survive!?!!



I couldn’t stop thinking about this little one.
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Re: Giraffe

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Nov 09, 2008 9:55 pm

Giraffe seen chewing on a bone(Osteophagia).
This is normally seen in the winter months, when trace elements such as calcium and phosphorus are not readily available in their normal plant fibre diets.

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GROWTH ON GIRAFFE !!!

Unread postby safari bug » Sun Nov 16, 2008 12:04 am

Hi to All
I have just returned from our annual Kruger National Park. :clap: On our way to the kruger gate I saw a most disturbing sight of a giraffe with growths he was eating and walking all right but theses growths look sore :doh: ........
Is there anybody that will be able to inform me as to what this actually was on the giraffe I have sent photos of the giraffe, they are not so good as it comes from a video i took. :hmz:

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Re: GROWTH ON GIRAFFE !!!

Unread postby Emily86 » Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:55 am

Hi Safari bug,

There has been much discussion about what these lumps could be. Suggestions of cancerous growths, tb, or the pox virus called lumpy skin disease. You can read about it www.sanparks.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=10292&st=0&sk=t&sd=a
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Re: Giraffe

Unread postby Peter Betts » Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:58 pm

There are some very tall giraffe in Kruger

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Unread postby Yolandé Oelsen » Sat Nov 29, 2008 6:03 pm

Great photo Peter!! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Giraffe

Unread postby gerharddb » Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:02 am

Giraffe what you saw is natural.

When a male giraffe is seen to bend down and appear to 'sniff' the rear end of a female, he is actually trying to ascertain her reproductive status by means of flehmen by either liquid(urine) or pheromonal means.

Flehmen( a german word) is practised by most hoofed animals and many carnivores. This action causes ducts to open in the mouth and nasal passages, allowing the scent signals to be transferred to, and annalysed by, a special organ called the vemero-nasal organ which is situated between the nose and mouth cavities.

Hope this help.

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Re: Giraffe

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Re: Giraffe

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Wed Feb 04, 2009 7:36 pm

Lekker gerharddb :D
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Re: Giraffe

Unread postby JenB » Sun Mar 22, 2009 7:16 pm

We saw this giraffe just after we entered at Numbe gate. It seems to be suffering from a bad injury but somehow learned to cope. We watched it browsing away, chewing every morsel.
Any ideas about how it got injured? SO thinks he could have been hurt in a fight, I think he landed on his nose during birth. :redface:

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Re: Giraffe

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:14 pm

Strange looking giraffe this one :D

I doubt it was caused from fighting, only due to the giraffe being a female..........Could quite possibly be a rough girl though :twisted: Pretty sure it's just a birth defect.........But I like the idea of the nose dive! :lol:
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Re: Giraffe

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:06 pm

Amazing, JenB! :clap:

Wonder about the "birth defect", as how would it have been able to suckle?!

On the other hand...maybe it did! :hmz:

An interesting point is that most of the "chewing" is done by the molar teeth, far back in the jaw, which seems normal in this individual, while the actual plucking of leaves is done by the tongue, mostly! :|

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Re: Giraffe

Unread postby Nico » Sat Jun 20, 2009 9:29 am

Giraffes on the move in KrugerPark, a little video about one of the most amazing animals of this planet. :wink:

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-WCD6UulNw[/video]
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Re: Giraffe

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:34 pm

Amazing as usual Nico :clap:
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