regarding your request posted here
The first image seen on the H-14 is a very nice bull, he has weight on his tusks as oppose to length at this stage, I would certainly want to keep an eye on him, he does appear to be an older bull but his condition is still good so there is still a chance he may still develop further. I do not recognize the ear markings and have looked at the all the bulls we are currently monitoring and I cannot find a match. If I can receive this submission via email I will be able to create a new monitoring file for him in the hopes of further submissions.
The 2 images from the Capricorn loop I would be cautious to consider a potential emerging tusker, he seems to be an older bull (pelvis and shoulder blades showing on the side profile) this could be condition but given the time of the year should not be the issue. His tusks do catch attention although they are fairly think at this stage. I would be concerned about the ability to develop further for this bull.
Val - your request posted here
This is an interesting image, it would be great to have a higher quality images to see the ear markings clearly to determine if he is an existing bull that may have broken a tusk. I have only one other submission of a similar tusker with such a severe break, this was taken in July 2011 north of Mooiplaas (Mopani) and nothing since. Sadly neither image is in high resolution to determine with certainty that it is the same bull, but as mentioned the break is virtually identical and the time line is feasible to have moved towards Letaba. I would love to get more data on him to see if he is a new bull or not and if he is perhaps still around.
- your request posted here
You are absolutely correct the left tusk has definitely suffered a break at some stage, it is a fairly smooth break which might indicate that it has been some time since the break. I would tread cautiously here – are there any more images? Side profiles do not given the best perception on a tusk length and can be very misleading depending on the angle of the head as well (Ngonyama looks completely different from every angle for example which is why we rely on his markings heavily when IDing him) There is a notable square notch right at the top of left ear visible in the second image it could be the angle that it is visible here but it does not appear to match the other know tusker with this type of break (the previous submission by Guinea Pig). I would like to view more images if possible before I make a final comment on this bull, the tusks are definitely in the emerging league, but I would like to be sure this is not the same bull first.
It would be great if you could email the photographs as requested firstname.lastname@example.org
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