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Wounds on the Giraffe

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Wounds on the Giraffe

Yesterday I was able to capture some video of the giraffes on the Nkorho cam. The darker of the two had two very noticable "lesions" on his/her neck. They can be seen clearly on the vid, which is here:

Any idea what those lesions might be? Will they impact the overall health of the giraffe?

Thanks in advance.

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Could it be this?

Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is caused by a virus in the family Poxviridae, genus Capripoxvirus. It is closely related antigenically to sheep and goat pox virus. These viruses cannot be differentiated using routine serological testing.

Species affected:
Lumpy skin disease is primarily a disease of cattle (Bos taurus, zebus, and domestic buffalos), but the LSD virus can also infect oryx (Oryx beisa), giraffe (Giraffe camelopardalis), and impala (Aepyceros melampus)

Transmission of the LSD virus is primarily by biting insects, particularly mosquitoes (e.g. Culex mirificens and Aedes natrionus) and flies (e.g. Stomoxys calcitrans and Biomyia fasciata). Epidemics occur in the rainy seasons. Direct contact is also a minor source of infections. Virus can be present in cutaneous lesions, saliva, nasal discharge, milk, semen, muscles, spleen, and lymph nodes. The virus can survive in desiccated crusts for up to 35 days.

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These lesions are certainly not the result of "necking", wounds resulting from this activity are usually inthe form of bone or muscle injury.

The lesions are probably caused by combination of factors. The initial injury may be due to vegetation, but unlikely, if your life is browsing you'd be more careful and the neck skin is thickenned to the task.

These lesions are formed by the interaction of external parasites and tick birds. While the birds rid the giraffe of ticks, fleas and other parasites, they are also not averse to picking at the edges of open wounds opening them further. This leads to localised infection or even invasion from other parasites. Eventually the wound closes over leaving the lesions.

Other explanations are welcome.

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Joined: Feb 18 2006

Thanks Mistylyn for asking that...I'm wondering too ...Until now becouse of the wonderful close ups of Nkorho cam ...I saw more than two or three different giraffes with scars at their neck ...It looks impossible to happen at the 'necking' so I suppose that they happened as they were feeding among the brunches of trees... Is that a good explanation:?: Puzzled: Puzzled:

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