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Elephant,

Mainly because elephants regularly take mud & sand baths which offers a strong protection against parasites which means there will be nothing for the oxpeckers to eat. I also suppose it's difficult for the oxpeckers to keep up with the elephants as they are constantly on the move & swim a lot.


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Elephant,

Mainly because elephants regularly take mud & sand baths which offers a strong protection against parasites which means there will be nothing for the oxpeckers to eat. I also suppose it's difficult for the oxpeckers to keep up with the elephants as they are constantly on the move & swim a lot.


Good try Mark ... but does these reasons not ring true for many mammals? :?:

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I remember a guide telling us oxpeckers never sit on elephants, ... but why ..... :hmz: ..mumble ..... I forgot.


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Wild guess, perhaps the elephants skin is too thick and not hairy, can't ever remember seeing a tick on an ellie :? so no food for the oxpecker.
Did read somewhere that elephants don't tolerate oxpeckers but it didn't give the reason.


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If I remember correctly it was: oxpeckers don't sit on little animals because they will hurt them with the sharp claw they use to hang on to the animal and they don't sit on elephants because it's too dangerous for the oxpeckers. They might get a trunkload of water or dust poured over them.


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Ellie's do not tolerate birds, (or animals for that matter).
They will chase them away with their trunks, ears and tails. Then ellies also do not support al lot of ectoparasites. (only small mites and horse flies at times. They hardly have any ticks.)


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Well done!

Yes, a. elephant do not tolerate birds, and b. they do not carry a lot of parasites!


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Q 16

Name the only local antelope who regularly bury its dung.

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What is peculiar (though not totally unique) to this animals diet?
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Steenbok,

What's peculiar is that they are occasionaly omnivorous, sometimes feeding on insects, small mammals & carrion.


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Steenbok

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The steenbok is a herbivore, feeding on the leaves of bushes and most grasses. It is preyed on by all of the African big cats, as well as baboons and other large monkeys. The martial eagle is yet another feared predator. However, some steenbok have been recorded to feed on meat by killing young ground birds. This would be very rare, however, done during a time of hardship.

A characteristic of the steenbok is that before it defecates or urinates, it will first clear a spot with its front hooves and then, afterwards, cover over the contents by scraping soil over the spot. This marks the steenbok as the only bovine to scrape the ground before urinating.



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:!: Steenbok

They are the only bovid who scrape the ground before and after urination and defecation. The males are known to use roads and telephone lines as boundaries. They have excellent hearing. They have been known to scavenge meat from carcasses as well as kill the young of ground birds but this is due to severe shortages of food :?:


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You guys are tooooo gooooood! 8)

Me thinks the next one has to be a little more difficult!
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