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Re: Missing trunk

Unread postby ecojunkie » Tue Apr 12, 2011 9:43 pm

Not seen this lady, but seen 2 bulls at different times - one at Shingwedzi I saw several times. He fed by throwing his trunk over branches and dragging them towards him, or managing to wedge grass tussocks between his foot and trunk stump and sort of tossing them upwards to his mouth. I watched him for ages!
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Re: Missing trunk

Unread postby Flutterby » Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:57 am

We saw this ellie in 2008 near Talamati. :( Hope it's still around. :pray:

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Re: Missing trunk

Unread postby rich87 » Wed Apr 13, 2011 7:57 pm

Hi Flutterby, thanks for the picture it looks like the same lady. I have her on video and the stump length and shape looks similar.

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Re: Missing trunk

Unread postby Rookie2009 » Sun Apr 17, 2011 7:47 pm

I think we saw her at kumana dam in october, too. She was in a very good shape - took a few pics:

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Re: Missing trunk

Unread postby Flutterby » Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:55 pm

Wow Rookie, it looks like the same ellie...she certainly is a brave lady!! :clap:
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WIERD ANIMAL SIGHTINGS

Unread postby debbynoome » Wed May 04, 2011 1:56 pm

I was in the Park over Easter and saw the strangest giraffe. It had a large hump running down its face and its jaw was skew. When it chewed it did so with a sissor motion (up and down) not side to side. It also had a skew horn and it could not use it's tongue like other giraffe to strip the branches of their leaves, instead she used her lips to take off the leaves. She was in good condition but obviously had a serious facial defect. Has anybody else seen her?

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Re: WIERD ANIMAL SIGHTINGS

Unread postby Hugh » Wed May 04, 2011 2:55 pm

This is the photos of the giraffe. Any ideas what is wrong

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Re: WIERD ANIMAL SIGHTINGS

Unread postby bambazonke » Wed May 04, 2011 4:49 pm

It is hard to tell from the photos but I would hazard a guess that at some stage the giraffe received a very powerful kick to the face, which broke the jaw and pushed the facial bones out of alignment
and while the fracture has healed she has been left with some disabilities, but is capable of adapting
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Re: WIERD ANIMAL SIGHTINGS

Unread postby Elsa » Wed May 04, 2011 10:12 pm

Its truly amazing how animals do adapt to disabilities.
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Re: WIERD ANIMAL SIGHTINGS

Unread postby Hugh » Thu May 05, 2011 7:08 am

Here is another photo
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Elephant with half a trunk

Unread postby MichaelWildtuin » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:39 pm

Hi, I saw this elephant with only half a trunk somewhere on the main road between the Tropic of Capricorn and Shingwedzi camp.
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What could have caused this to happen? Could it have been a snare?

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Re: Elephant with half a trunk

Unread postby ecojunkie » Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:20 pm

I remember an ellie like this from a visit 4 years ago. He watched me set up camp at the fence and I spent a while with him later watching him eat by flinging his trunk over branches and pulling them to his mouth and trapping grass between his trunk and front foot and tossing it up to his mouth. He was a lovely restful ellie. I believe it was a snare that caused the damage.
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