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Nyati Skull

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Nyati Skull

I'm sure this has been discussed ad nauseum.  I was away from the cam for a few months and all of a sudden a Buffalo skull is lying on the ground.  What is the story behind it?  Was the kill caught on cam?  Does anyone have any footage?

Its great to be back.

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this is amazing! i still cant get over the other wildlife coming to make a "tribute!"

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Great stuff guys.

Thanks

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 CAPE BUFFALO SKULL

                                   ( THANKS TO   GERDA )

                                        **JOSH  **  with skull

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 MANY ANIMALS HAVE LOOKED AND CHEWED ON THE  CAPE BUFFALO SKULL

IF YOU GO THROUGHT THE   AFRICAM BOOK (3)  IN THE  CAMPFIRE SECTION  YOU WILL FIND  PICURES LIKE THIS

   ** THE    ** CAPE BUFFALO SKULL  **

24  DAY    9TH MONTH  2007

       

 TO BE VIEWED AND STUDIED

 HERE IS ANOTHER   SKULL - FOR THOSE THAT NEED A BETTER VIEW

 MAJESTIC EVEN AFTER DEATH

     SOME HORNS SPREAD  MEASURE

          40 -  to -   48  -INCHES

mature males stand up to 1.7 m (5.6 ft.) at the shoulder, and weigh up to 900 kg (1985 lb.). 
     These creatures are aggressive, powerful and fast. They can run at speeds of up to 57 km/h (35 MPH).

      we watched  giraffe   chewing on the skull

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Bona Dea wrote:
i only wish i'd discovered Africam earlier.  ive missed so much Laughing

Hello Bona Dea and welcome to Africam!  I think just about everybody that watches the cams has said that exact same thing.  :-)   Wishing you many great sightings in the future. 

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thank you for that explaination.  i didn't know any of that.  some excellent pictures there.  i only wish i'd discovered Africam earlier.  ive missed so much Laughing

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Here's a little more info taken from MacMac's post in the wateringhole Q&A:

It sure has been a couple of exciting days at Nkorho...

The Rangers have informed me that the Buffalo near the pan suffered from a disease that affected its respiratory system and prevented it from being able to breathe.

This particular disease does not effect carnivores, only grazers. The animals are clever enough to know the difference and knew that this carcass was fine to feed on.

The Jackals arrived first, being that they are resident in the area and extremely opportunistic.

 


The vultures were right behind them. When vultures are not currently at a feeding site they circle all day looking for a new one covering very large distances. Once they have found one they will alert many others.This is how they were able to arrive before any other animals.



The hyaenas arrived next. They operate on a very similar system. They are usually solitary but when food is discovered they approach in numbers for safety. There is a very good chance that a hyaena saw the vultures circling and then called for reinforcements before approaching the site.



There were no lions in the area yesterday. However it did not take long for the Styx pride to hear about the Buffalo and make their way to the pan. They arrived early Tuesday morning.


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Hello and welcome back!  Smiling

The buffalo was discovered on Sept. 24/07.  You can find pictures of it here

Monday 24th Sept, 2007 - Streaming cam pics   and here

Monday 24th Sept, 2007 - Streaming cam pics

The buffalo was seen passing by the watheringhole during the night.  It's breathing was very laboured and it moved quite slowly.  The morning of the 24th the cam was panning and found it's body.  It must have simply laid down and passed away.  The rangers believe it died of respiratory problems.  The jackals and vultures were quick to find it and then the lions and hyaenas joined in.  There are many fantastic pictures.  The skull was moved a couple times by the rangers.  Now we get to see it every day.  It makes a great conversation piece. 

click here to view videos from buffalo

cheers,

Sabine

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