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 Post subject: True or False or Kinda??
Unread postPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 1:51 pm 
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I thought of a new idea for a quiz and I want to see how it works ok??

I will ask a question. The question will either be absolutely true or absolutely false

What I am hoping to achieve, is to teach people (including myself) a few things about wildlife through another avenue.

Your answer must have whether you feel it's true, false or kinda, and then your reason for saying so. This is a work in progress, so suggestions are welcome. You all know where to find my PM box ;-)

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It has been proven that Donkeys are an effective anti-predator measure for livestock farmers near game reserves.

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I'd say: true! Why? maybe because the noise they make when predators approach hence warning the farmers?

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Kinda :lol:


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MARK CHOWLES wrote:
Kinda :lol:

:naughty: That's half an answer

Answer will follow tomorrow afternoon

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True.

Dogs, donkeys and llamas are all used as anti-predator measure. The Cheetah Conservation Fund of Namibia has even suggested to farmers to used donkeys as well as the more commonly used Anatolian shepperd dogs.

Donkeys serve as good guardians as they severely dislike dog-like creatures. They will chase, bray at, and severely beat a predator with their front legs.


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Doglike creatures OK but you think they would also chase and attack big cats?

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True!

And not just doglike predators. They'll confront lion if need be. Especially mares with foals.

Farmers in e.g. Namibia have been using donkeys as guard animals for cattle and goats, etc. for years, before the Anatolians were introduced by the CCF.
It works along the same lines... a donkey bonds with a herd and will defend it as its own.

Btw, did you know they also make very good stable/field companions for nervous horses? 8)


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Hmmm now I understand why Masaai have so many donkeys.

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Here's a true or false.

A warthog's tail lifts as he is running through long grass because his skin is so tight, and as he squints it pulls up his tail.

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Bush Baptist wrote:
Here's a true or false.

A warthog's tail lifts as he is running through long grass because his skin is so tight, and as he squints it pulls up his tail.


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I guess he sleeps with open eyes then! :twisted:

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Bush Baptist wrote:
Here's a true or false.

A warthog's tail lifts as he is running through long grass because his skin is so tight, and as he squints it pulls up his tail.


And here I thought it was for a better "reception" for his build in satelite navigation :lol:

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Wild@Heart wrote:
Bush Baptist wrote:
Here's a true or false.

A warthog's tail lifts as he is running through long grass because his skin is so tight, and as he squints it pulls up his tail.


And here I thought it was for a better "reception" for his build in satelite navigation :lol:


:funny:

I would have to say true to the donkey statement but only because what the others said makes sense. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: True or False or Kinda??
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Loams wrote:
It has been proven that Donkeys are an effective anti-predator measure for livestock farmers near game reserves.

Now wonder why the donkey mentioned elsewhere survived a long time in Kruger, in an area full of leopards and lions....

True!

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Wild@Heart wrote:
Bush Baptist wrote:
Here's a true or false.

A warthog's tail lifts as he is running through long grass because his skin is so tight, and as he squints it pulls up his tail.


And here I thought it was for a better "reception" for his build in satelite navigation :lol:

Satelite navigation? :hmz:
I always thought they were remote controlled...

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Kinda.

Many people underestimate the fighting ability of a donkey (or zebra). They are capable of killing a lioness with those hind legs and are also capable of taking of a good hand sized piece of skin with one bite. It was also found that predators prefer to catch donkeys in stead of cattle, I have no idea why but it could be because zebra are an easier catch than a buffalo.

One donkey, however can not patrol the whole area and more than one donkey is more interested in each other than the herd they are supposed to be protecting. More than one stallion will result in fighting each other while a stallion with mares will be more interested in protected its own kind than the rest of the farm animals.

They are thus effective, but not one hundred percent and have to managed well to get good results.

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