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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 4:34 pm 
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Hello,
Thank's a lot RichardJ for your help !
I did not thought to look at the Official Information Guide :redface:
Indeed it looks like the tree mouse


@Sheenaugh-Lee : I would like to see a chameleon on a smartie box :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:36 pm 
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Hi All, Here is an antelope which I would like you to identify.
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The photograph was taken near Klopperfontein dam last December. I can't decide whether it is a Sharpe's grysbok, which are fairly common around Punda Maria, or a Klipspringer, which I have never seen this far north before, but it doesn't mean they aren't here. It looks like the latter but I normally see them on the koppies in the southern half of the park. There was actually a pair of them. bondm UK


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Hi bondm,

it is definitely a klipspringer :dance:


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Hi Pumbaa, Thanks for your help. I will now change the title of my picture. bondm


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Thanks Ferdelance. I looked it up now and yes it does look like one. I'm pretty distraught about this hey. There are things living in the ceiling of my wife's dance school. You can hear them moving about in there and I always thought it was a rat problem at some stage. But after the big hailstorm last year the ceiling came tumbling down and there were all sorts of nuts and shells and things in there. But that wouldnt be genets. So now I wonder what I am sharing this place with.


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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Thanks Tom and Phillip,

My initial feeling was that it is a side striped jackal but then for some reason started to doubt myself looking at the pictures. But I will take that as a side striped jackal :dance:

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 Post subject: Strange dog like animal in Tokai forest?
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I wonder if anyone can help with the sighting of a most strange animal in the lower level Tokai park recently? We had just entered from the cul de sac road side at about 7pm recently, and noticed an animal which looked very much like a hyena sitting on its haunches about 30 meters away. It was watching our 2 mini daxies. As we tried to move closer, it got up and disappeared like a ghost, and was on the other side of the forest in what seemed like seconds, almost as if it floated away it was so swift. My impression of its tail was of a white fringed long haired tail. I think it had a rounded snout and ears, and what appeared to be squarish patches on its body.

There was no one else around at that stage, besides my husband, and he thought it was a wild dog, but as far as I'm aware we don't get them here? It was not like any domesticated dog I have ever seen. Any ideas?


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 Post subject: Re: Strange dog like animal in Tokai forest?
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Hi rambler, it is either a feral dog of some kind or more likely a Cape leopard. If it was a leopard, that would have been a major sighting.

The Cape Mountain leopards are much smaller in stature than those seen in the Kgalagadi or Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: Strange dog like animal in Tokai forest?
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Was it not possibly a white tailed mongoose? The largest of the mongoose family and about the size of a badger, but not sure if they occur in Tokai forest - description just sounded like one.

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 Post subject: Re: Strange dog like animal in Tokai forest?
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Unfortunately definitely not a Cape Mountain Leopard! Long tailed mongoose a remote possibility - it was quite tall though. My hubby thought it could be an aardwolf - if it were not for the colouring, I would have agreed - they have stripes, whereas this had patches, and the tails had white hair, not black. So if you can imagine a hyena/wild dog/aardwolf - that is the closest I can describe it! Except for the large patches, cannot find any animal with that type of coat. It crossed the distance to the other side and disappeared out of sight very silently - not even a branch crackled. I imagine a feral dog would have been noisier, and attracted the attention of our two - they are very alert to other dogs. It's a real mystery, and if my hubby had not been with me, I would have rubbed my eyes out a few times, and thought I was seeing things!


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 Post subject: Re: Strange dog like animal in Tokai forest?
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Welcome to the forum Rambler.

I have no idea, but porcupines & caracal have been seen in Tokai, as well as baboons.

Maybe you have discovered a Cape version of bigfoot or the yeti!

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 Post subject: Re: Strange dog like animal in Tokai forest?
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Check out on google the white tailed mongoose as the pics there might give you an idea. They are tall and do move in a "ghost-like" manner, so still think it could have been one of them. They love forest type fauna as well. White tail, rounded snout and ears also fit the bill :hmz: :hmz: :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Strange dog like animal in Tokai forest?
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There are a lot of cape grey mongoose in that forest area, I don't think the white tailed is found so far south/west. There are all sorts of mammals in there - usually shy and nocturnal but there are still amazing sightings. Sometimes the thick trees cast shadows which can distort the colouring as well. I guess you will never know 100% for sure


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 Post subject: Re: Strange dog like animal in Tokai forest?
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I live alongside Tokai Forest... my money is on a genet. There are several around.... the 'silently out of sight' sentence fits right in with a genet movement and mannerisms.
I have seen caracal down on the M3 freeway, so that is also a possibility. Definately not a Cape Leopard... last one on the Table Mountain range was killed in 1937. Porcupine possible but highly unlikely given the description of how it moved.


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 Post subject: Re: Mammal ID Needed?
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Hello

Can anyone help with one of our flying and non flying mammal friends.

Seen in Tankwa this week.

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