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Unread post by floydy » Wed Jun 15, 2005 6:56 am

kwenga wrote:
The other pictures look like a bad case of warts! Maybe some kind of blood-borne parasite?

That was my first thought as well, a really nasty case of papillomatosis (= warts all over the place) which is caused by the papilloma virus. I'm not familiar with wildlife diseases of Southern Africa, so maybe a local vet would be more helpful in solving that question :)


Hi Guys, thanx for the info. It is the first time I had seen something like this.

Kwenga, our guide at the time told us it was a virus :!: so he ws correct on that score, but then mentioned that the 'warts/lumps' fell off. I found this rather difficult to beleive.

Where is Danie and the team :?: They must have a vet that can assist us :? So until then, I can say our friendly vet Kwenga, has confirmed that it is a bad case of warts caused by a virus. :lol:
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Sexing Giraffe

Unread post by Naturesguy » Wed Aug 10, 2005 7:26 pm

Here is a bit of handy info for you all, how to sex a Giraffe when it is drinking? The males splay their legs when drinking, and the females, well they are ladies, and as such keep their front legs together when drinking. Neat hey???

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Unread post by CurtisDillon » Sat Jan 21, 2006 2:49 pm

floydy wrote:Hi Guys

Interesting! I came accross a giraffe whose head and neck was covered in 'lumps'! could someone shed some light on what this could be please?

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I saw these pictures posted a while back and found it very interesting. I did some research as to why this happens. All I could find was that this is a unique feature Giraffe have, the ability of laying down bony material around the skull. This is mainly done by bulls and increases the weight of the skull as much as 3 times that of a female. This can with time cause them to be covered with bony lumps. These bony growths often grow on one side of the skull, so I think this guy could have let this get out of hand or these are some other growths. :shock:

While I was doing all this research I found some very interesting information which I thought I would share. :D

The coat pattern on each giraffe is unique, the same as a zebra's stripes are unique to each individual. Like a fingerprint.

I have always been amazed at the way a giraffe drinks water. :shock: It goes down with its head to ground level or water level and suddenly pulls up its head with a spray of water flying out in front of it. 8) I am sure some of you have seen this. I always wondered about the blood flow to the head and back from the head when it did this. :?

The heart has to pump blood to the brain when the giraffe is standing and that is about 2.5m up and when the giraffe drinks water the heart has to pump blood down to the head which is also about 2.5m. What's really amazing is that when it drops its head to drink, the blood pressure stays constant in the head and when it pulls its head up from drinking, the blood pressure still remains constant. This is because it has valves on the jugular veins that stop the blood from rushing back and forth. I call them non-return valves. The valves close when the giraffe drops its head and to compensate for the pressure, the blood vessels are very elastic, so they stretch to compensate for the huge pressure, otherwise the blood vessels would burst. The same happens when it lifts its head. 8)

There is a lot more info HERE.
Jose also supplied some interesting links earlier in a different thread, I found this one interesting.
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Unread post by Chris » Tue Feb 28, 2006 9:39 am

I recently saw a fully grown male giraffe with two scars on the neck, about one third up the neck. Both scars more or less round, and the same distance apart as the distance between the horns. I am very curious about the cause of the wounds, and was wondering if a fight between two bulls can cause open wounds. Has anybody seen giraffes injure each other like that? It seems very high for a predator to reach there.

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Unread post by Wild@Heart » Tue Feb 28, 2006 11:24 am

Hi Chris, haven't seen anything like that but your story reminded me of the 50/50 insert on Veldfocus on Sunday.

They showed a video where to Giraffes were fighting. The one slammed his head backwards and connected with the other ones head.

It knocked the other one totally out cold. I've never seen anything like that I nearly wet myself laughing (sorry, but it was very funny) when the other one dropped like a cartoon character.
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Unread post by francoisd » Tue Feb 28, 2006 1:41 pm

Hi Chris, I've also seen this before and have photos of 2 giraffes with scars like that which we've seen on our recent trip. I post the photos a little later. First have to edit and upload.

When I saw thse scars I assumed it was battle scars. The bulls put a lot of force behind those blows and I'm sure it can cause damage.

Let me get to work on those photos.
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Unread post by francoisd » Tue Feb 28, 2006 3:33 pm

Here is 2 giraffes with the type of scars Chris mentioned. We saw both of them in the Satara region in February 2006

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Giraffe Disease

Unread post by pardus » Thu Apr 06, 2006 11:04 pm

Hi :)

New to this, but here goes...

During a visit to Kruger in January 2006, I saw a giraffe with strange growths on it's body. It looked like large black, swollen blisters, especially around the face, upper neck and at the back of it's rump. I took photos, and would like to know if I could place them on this forum for viewing, as this was quite unusual and I would like to know what was wrong with animal. BTW, it was browsing and it did not appear to be in poor state.

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Giraffe Disease

Unread post by pardus » Fri Apr 07, 2006 7:46 pm

Here are the pics - thx gwendolyn, you were a great help!

The light was rather bad as it was taken in western direction against the setting sun. The last pic however will give a good idea of the extent of the sores.

I am looking forward to input on this

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Unread post by Elsa » Sat Apr 08, 2006 12:57 pm

There are some pics of a giraffe on previous pages, with what looks to me like the same type of growth on its neck, in fact wonder if it isn't the same animal.
An explanation is also given as to the cause, which is very interesting, and makes for interesting reading.
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Unread post by pardus » Sun Apr 09, 2006 11:31 am

Hi

Thx for your reply Elsa. I read, but I am not happy yet. As the photos show, some of these lumps are also growing on the behind, around the tail area which could indicate a progressive disease.

This animal was browsing with a "herd" of other griaffe's who looked quite normal in the Pretoriuskop region, and from what I have read, the other animal was spotted in the central area?

My question is: does the forum have access to a vet via e-mail in Kruger? It would be grand if one could get some input from there.

Since I will be in Kruger in a few weeks, maybe one should give these pics to the vet services whilst in Skukuza?

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Animal Droppings Quiz

Unread post by Katja » Fri Jun 30, 2006 1:01 am

From the chapter about "Spherical, cylindrical pellets, usually pointed at one end, in small heaps or large accumulations":
The largest dung pellets (average 30 mm) are those of the giraffe. Because of the height from which they fall they are usually more scattered then those of the eland and greater kudu.
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Funny giraffe growth .

Unread post by bucky » Wed Aug 23, 2006 9:39 am

We saw this on a previous trip , and I was wanting to get about to posting it .

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Does anyone have a clue as to what this might be ?

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Unread post by wildtuinman » Wed Aug 23, 2006 10:35 am

Read the previous posts for a possible explanation.
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