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 Post subject: Re: Mammals: Q & A
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:05 am 
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Luckily that is a myth. :wink:

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Yes, similar to the thing about elephants stamping out burning ducks who tried to put out veld fires! :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Mammals: Q & A
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Bushmom wrote:
We saw the burnt or lesioned rhino on four different occasions in the same vicinity. Our last sighting of him was on 3 October. BB30 got quite a few good photos of him on 2 and 3 October. Will get her to post them! We spoke to a field ranger who actually confirmed that he had been burnt and that the vets had been brought in. The place where we saw him lying down first had been marked on the roadside.
Burns or lesions, they were awful to behold!


We saw two Black Rhino on the S114 in the open field around 8 am. on 22 September. Both Rhino had the same lesions as described here on several parts of their bodies. The wounds where covered with flies. The Rhino did not look bothered by these wounds.


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 Post subject: Re: Mammals: Q & A
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Those were rather these types of wounds, rather than the one Bushmom described:


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:hmz: Sure it wasn't a black rhino?

I ask this, because such lesions are well known in black rhino. It is caused by a parasitic worm that lives on the skin of black rhino, and which is transported by biting flies. It does not occur on white rhino.

The lesions are not serious and will appear only certain times of the year, when the flies and the worms are active.

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My SO and I had an awful experience on the Kanniedood Dam road about 8 years ago. We were in a Mazda 232 Hatchback and came around a corner to see quite a small leopardess limping across the road, she went into the bush. As we were alone we parked the car and switched off hoping to see some more of her. She emerged about 5 minutes later and sat about 3 metres from us. She was snarling at us and her tail twitching, my SO said "I think shes going to get aggro you'd better back off". Just as he said it she charged, I panicked and forgot to first press the immobiliser so I couldnt start the car, it was all happening so quickly. I just said to him I'm sorry and she was at the window. Fortunately he had managed to wind the window up about 1/3 of the way and the sun was reflecting off it due to the dust coating. This made her lose eye contact with him and she just stood there - right at this half open window, we didnt move we were so frozen with fear. After about a minute (it seemed like forever) she walked around the front of the car, crossed over the road and dissapeared into a hidden donga right there and subsequently hauled out a tiny cub and dissapeared. We then realised off course why she had tried to attack us and felt really bad. We were quite shaken by the incident though and no matter how good the potential photo, I'll never down a window around a leopard or lion again unless they are far, the speed with which she moved was awesome, remember that the next time you decide to take a leak in the long grass.


Beautiful story....but that closing!! Image

In fact this is a wonderful thread, and I look forward to a great many chuckles as I go back and read all of the posts!

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 Post subject: Re: Mammals: Q & A
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Yes, frightening at the time, Nunu; but I'd venture that you had a rare and wonderful oppportunity to see a leopard that close; not many people do. I bet you will never forget her eyes! And to see a tiny cub - what a privilege!

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 Post subject: Re: Mammals: Q & A
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Hi Forumites

i have just come back from a wonderful (albeit wet) weekend at the Kruger. While there my mom and i noticed how many of the impala were sitting down in the bush / grass. Is this because of the rain? Why do they do this? my mom and i haven't noticed it before (we normally go to Kruger in the dry winter season) so is the behaviour related to the weather.

Thanks! told my mom is one of the forumits doesn't know the answer then there is no answer!

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 Post subject: Re: Mammals: Q & A
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I would guess it was having a rest. We do see impala lie down fairly often when driving around, just taking the load off. You will always see one or two keeping an eye open for danger.

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 Post subject: Re: Mammals: Q & A
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I see in the Mammals list for the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park there is a Grass Climbing Mouse - should this not be a Gray Climbing Mouse ?


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welcome to the forum JanG :D

according to my book, there is 4 species of climbing Mice :
Nyika - Grey - Brants's - Chesnut

:hmz: it seems there is no Grass climbing Mouse

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 Post subject: Re: Mammals: Q & A
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I have a question regarding elephant behaviour.

I am currently watching the Tembe webcam over on Africam.com, and there are two male elephants that have been standing stationary for about 1 hour now. They only occasionally bend their knees and rest on them, or lean forward. They also are periodically getting ... um... enormous erections (I have footage and can try to post it if anyone wants proof). Unfortunately there is no sound, so I don't know if they are trumpeting or not.

So what exactly is going on? Is it an alarm behaviour or territorial? They seriously haven't moved for ~1 hour.

Edit; just as I post this, they've now started moving again. But still, what was going on?


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Hi Flacco and welcome.

I would say they are just being typical bulls at their favourite waterhole - neither wanting to buckle down first :wink:

Unfortunately I don't have the correct answer regarding their behaviour but I'm confident that someone with that kind of knowledge will be able to explain it to you.

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Do ellies sleep standing up? maybe they are catching some ZZZZZZ

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 Post subject: Re: Mammals: Q & A
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Hi, Could anyone tell me what causes damage around the edge of the ears of Wid dogs.

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Thanks bondm

Wild dog is not listed in the mammal index?


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