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Re: Antelope: Steenbok

Unread postby Nannie » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:20 pm

These little guys even get chased off by kori bustards.

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Re: Antelope: Steenbok

Unread postby Richprins » Sat Nov 07, 2009 8:00 pm

Really unique pic, Nannie! :shock:

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Re: Antelope: Steenbok

Unread postby Nannie » Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:32 am

The couple who also watched this said they had seen it happen before. Wonder why?

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Re: Antelope: Steenbok

Unread postby Boorgatspook » Sun Dec 13, 2009 3:24 pm

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Re: Antelope: Steenbok

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Sep 06, 2010 7:23 pm

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This couple near Vutomi dam!

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Re: Antelope: Steenbok

Unread postby G@mespotter » Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:52 am

I love these beautiful buddies :D

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Just before he bolted, along the s114. I have seen up to 17 on one day in the Satara area :shock:

What one should do, is stop at a steenbokkie. Switch off the car and follow these small guys though your binocs for 2 minutes or so. Makes you appreciate them more :D It is fascinating to read and learn about these beauts, their way of living will put many human to shame :wink:

They are extremely fast, and alert... Love them :thumbs_up:
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Re: Antelope: Steenbok

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Nov 15, 2010 8:02 pm

For remarkable Steenbok mating foreplay, check here! :shock:

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Re: Antelope: Steenbok

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Re: Antelope: Steenbok

Unread postby ice » Sun May 29, 2011 10:42 pm

during our recent stay at KNP, one guide told us that steenbok sleep with their eyes open, sometimes confusing predators who believe they have been spotted...a quick google search delivered no proof for this claim...so just another example of a not-so-well-educated KNP guide?

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Steenbok and 'ticks'.

Unread postby bondm » Sun Jan 20, 2013 5:54 pm

Hi, I have just returned from my latest trip to the Kruger Park and noticed quite q few Steenbok with ticks. I also saw one Steenbok with a large dark patch around one eye. Is this a natural colouration or an unpleasant affliction? Does it affect their eyesight? (The first two pictures are of the same animal.)
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The next 2 pictures shows Steenbok with several ticks evident.
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Obviously those wonderful Oxpeckers keep most animals free of parasites but I have never seen an Oxpecker on a Steenbok. Are Steenboks immune to the diseases transmitted by ticks and just accept the loss of a small amount of blood.
I have also seen lions with heavy infestations of ticks which certainly didn't seem in the best of health.
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Re: Steenbok and 'ticks'.

Unread postby Sheenaugh-Lee » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:45 pm

Uggggh if its one thing I really hate its a TICK especially those grey ones yuck! I feel sorry for that little steenbokkie shame :(
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Re: Steenbok and 'ticks'.

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Jan 20, 2013 8:18 pm

The smallest antelope on which Oxpeckers regularly feed is Impala. They don't frequent steenbok. Steenbok will however groom themselves and remove ticks.

Often a heavy tick infestation is either due to a natural abundance of ticks in the environment or a sign of ill health of the animal. However ticks are a normal part of the ecosystems and animals are able to manage quite well with some ticks on them. The mere presence of ticks does not indicate that an animals is in trouble.

This animal does not seem to be particularly heavily invested.
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Steenbok with cataract

Unread postby RUG » Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:39 pm

Does this steenbok have a cataract in the right eye? Or am I just being a paranoid med student? :D

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Re: Steenbok with cataract

Unread postby Grantmissy » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:13 am

Rug it looks like there is something wrong with the eye of the Steenbok, perhaps it is a cataract as you have indicated. I hope someone reading here who has veterinarian knowledge will be able to clarify.
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