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WIERD ANIMAL SIGHTINGS

Unread post by debbynoome » Wed May 04, 2011 1:56 pm

I was in the Park over Easter and saw the strangest giraffe. It had a large hump running down its face and its jaw was skew. When it chewed it did so with a sissor motion (up and down) not side to side. It also had a skew horn and it could not use it's tongue like other giraffe to strip the branches of their leaves, instead she used her lips to take off the leaves. She was in good condition but obviously had a serious facial defect. Has anybody else seen her?

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Re: WIERD ANIMAL SIGHTINGS

Unread post by Hugh » Wed May 04, 2011 2:55 pm

This is the photos of the giraffe. Any ideas what is wrong

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Re: WIERD ANIMAL SIGHTINGS

Unread post by bambazonke » Wed May 04, 2011 4:49 pm

It is hard to tell from the photos but I would hazard a guess that at some stage the giraffe received a very powerful kick to the face, which broke the jaw and pushed the facial bones out of alignment
and while the fracture has healed she has been left with some disabilities, but is capable of adapting
to the circumstances.
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Re: WIERD ANIMAL SIGHTINGS

Unread post by Elsa » Wed May 04, 2011 10:12 pm

Its truly amazing how animals do adapt to disabilities.
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Re: WIERD ANIMAL SIGHTINGS

Unread post by Hugh » Thu May 05, 2011 7:08 am

Here is another photo
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Elephant with half a trunk

Unread post by MichaelWildtuin » Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:39 pm

Hi, I saw this elephant with only half a trunk somewhere on the main road between the Tropic of Capricorn and Shingwedzi camp.
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What could have caused this to happen? Could it have been a snare?

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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:20 pm

I remember an ellie like this from a visit 4 years ago. He watched me set up camp at the fence and I spent a while with him later watching him eat by flinging his trunk over branches and pulling them to his mouth and trapping grass between his trunk and front foot and tossing it up to his mouth. He was a lovely restful ellie. I believe it was a snare that caused the damage.
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