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Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 9:58 am 
This is quite a suitable way to kick of your quiz Loams….seeing that you now live in the donkey Mecca of the world :lol: …I have never seen so many donkeys as what I saw in Bots. :shock:

BTW, the farmers in Namibia are also advised to use baboons to keep the predators away.


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How on earth do you use a baboon :?:


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indeed a good question! I guess you first would have to stuff them...

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Unread postPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2006 11:39 am 
bucky wrote:
How on earth do you use a baboon :?:


On page 52 of this document, CCF, there is a cute picture of a baboon grooming a goat. :D

Apparently the baboon must grow up with the herd in order to bond with it. Even though the baboon can be a good protector, they may become dangerous. Due to their aggressive nature they can be hostile not only to predators and intruders but also to the owners themselves – the baboons will thus protect the herd from everything. :roll:
One farmer also sates that his baboon was not consistently reliable, as when it got bored with the stock, it would come to the farmhouse. :lol:
Page 51 of the same document has more info on the donkeys as guarding animals.


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Well, the answer is of course true 8)

donkeys are extremely effective against predators, and in Botswana the biggest culprit is cheetah when it comes to livestock. Remember, most livestock in Botswana is chickens and goats.

Donkeys will easily see off cheetah's and this helps Cheetah Conservation Botswana to preserve wild, free roaming cheetah. Donkeys are introduced at a young age so that they bond with the herd. More than two Donkeys shouldn't be used, other wise they bond with themselves and not the herd. Donkeys has been seen chasing off Lions on occasion. They hate most four legged cat and dog types of animals, and they also apparently love intimidating them. Like some game.

Jacks (Male castrated Donkeys) are a second choice to Jennies (Females) As the Jacks can become aggressive towards lambs and trample them. Jennies are also much more aggresive when they have young off their own, which can then be introduced to another herd as soon as it's weened.

This was exactly the object of this quiz, and I think I achieved it. I want to put questions up that might sound absolutely ridiculous, or is fact, but not well known as to spark debate, and to allow some people to learn something interesting.

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Next one :D

If you come across a carcass (Newly killed) and for some reason there is no spoor to identify the killer, there is no way to determine what killed the animal.

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False

Cause of death can be determined by more things than tracks alone. By analysing a combination of bite marks, method the kill was made and habitat an educated guess can be made of what kind of animal made the kill. If the animal died of sickness then there will probably be tell-tale signs of this sickness. The trick is to observe, and to interpret the clues that you pick up.


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This is a cool quizz, Loams!!

I agree with madach ... false. Bite marks and other marks on the carcass are clues if there are no tracks (I hadn't thought of the other clues madach posted, but agree with them :) )


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yip, false! for the reasons already mentioned!

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False, you can do a PM to determine the cause of death

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False.

Madach has summed it up pretty nicely :thumbs_up:
Also the type of species of the killed animal can be a clue by itself. A dead canerat e.g. is not likely to have been taken down by a pride of lions. :wink:


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That's easy, Loams

It is roadkill, bounced far by a speeding GP looking for lions,

BTW, cut the cackle, is mine true or false!!!

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That's easy, Loams

It is roadkill, bounced far by a speeding GP looking for lions,

BTW, cut the cackle, is mine true or false!!!


False. :D


Back to the donkey...
Why use donkey when a Wildebeest is a better option.(Ask any Karroo sheep farmer)
They will even deter the two legged predators. I know of one instance where a sheep poacher was killed by one..


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I also have to agree with madach.

Just to add ... you can also learn much from the way the predator has eaten. i.e. Black backed jackal would typically skin its prey by pulling the skin back, while a caracal tends to eat from inside the hind legs.

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Yip, would also have to say false. I would imagine there would be many tell tale signs of what killed the animal if you were brave enough to go and inspect it. :shock:

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