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Images show a beautiful bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus – Pallas 1766) ram drinking from a small pool. Although it appears green, the cam recorder tells us the month is August, almost the driest of the year, and it is almost certain that the pool has shrunk appreciably in size – remaining only as a small muddy puddle. The male bushbuck looks somewhat different from the female who lacks horns and is a fairly uniform rufous colour with similar white spots on the body. Facial spots are however less distinct. They usually feed at night or early mornings and sometimes if the weather is cool or overcast. Bushbuck have overlapping home ranges and within an area the animals know each other and have a dominance hierarchy. Bushbuck rams are very aggressive, both in defence against predators and in intra-specific fights against rival males. Males will fight to the death over females and there are numerous records of bushbuck seriously wounding humans. There is one record of a bushbuck fatally goring a man. The aggressive display between males is a slow circling with an exaggerated high stepping gait and the dorsal mane erect. Combatants then charge each other, clashing horns, thrusting and parrying and seeking an opening to gore the opponent. Bushbuck are predominantly browsers but will supplement their diet by grazing occasionally. It is interesting to note the oxpeckers on the ram.