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Re: Antelope: Bushbuck

Unread post by ice » Sun Jan 17, 2010 11:05 am

on one of my recent night drives from satara the guide mentioned that bushbuck are one of the rare antilopes that eat carrion...never heard this before...truth or myth?

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Re: Antelope: Bushbuck

Unread post by bishop3006 » Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:06 pm

Bushbuck? Can't remember that I've read this yet... Will have ot take a look in my books tonight, but Imberbe or some of the others should be able to answer readily. I do know that duiker will readily take small birds and things if they get them while grazing/browsing. They also quite easily eat faeces that are around - which is why it is not a good idea to eat the meat from duiker from around human, especially informal, settlements.

But bushbuck...? :hmz:
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Re: Antelope: Bushbuck

Unread post by Richprins » Tue Jan 19, 2010 7:53 pm

Hey, ice, and bishop3006!

I don't think any antelope "regularly" eats carrion, for a start!

The duiker family alone has been reported to be "omnivorous" in Africa, as far as I know, with similar small relatives around the world doing the same to a lesser or greater degree!

That's all I know!

(See the "Roan Antelope" thread for more input regarding the guides...)

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