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    After the initial surprise when my Kudu was on the ground, the wild speculation started as to why this particular deformity might have happened. This speculation ran the gambit from: a PH shooting it off during a cull hunt, to Leopards taking a swipe at it to mere congenital birth deformity.

    I was still really curious, as those explanations did not really satisfy me.





    The answer may have come in a reply from a friend who has just taken her first Kudu (animal) in Limpopo.
    Great shot, one through the heart with the suppressed 3006. (Very proud of her)
    Good trophy picture, as it hides the reason for the cull quite well.




    The Bull was suffering from some kind or parasite infestation and was taken in a cull.

    The reason for the cull.
    Apparently tick infestation getting to the point that so much irritation occurs and a skin lesion appears. Subsequently, flies lay the eggs in the lesion and the maggots proceed to eat the ear off.






    Perhaps the solution to the mystery of the missing ear.
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    Interesting. Those last pics are pretty rough!
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    That's true . The problem is that in the rainy season there are a lot more ticks . So we have Duncan applicators and other tick applicators that we use to fight off the ticks . Problem is that in the rainy season the veld is in very good condition and the Kudu are not that keen on feed , salt works well . We put out feed all year round , but if you have a really good year with regard to rain the ticks are a problem .

    Eland get bitten by ticks under their tales and might result in the same thing . We lose more eland than Kudu .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Koedoeberg View Post
    Brickburn

    That's true . The problem is that in the rainy season there are a lot more ticks . So we have Duncan applicators and other tick applicators that we use to fight off the ticks . Problem is that in the rainy season the veld is in very good condition and the Kudu are not that keen on feed , salt works well . We put out feed all year round , but if you have a really good year with regard to rain the ticks are a problem .

    Eland get bitten by ticks under their tales and might result in the same thing . We lose more eland than Kudu .
    WOW, I have never seen that here. Our Moose get some bad infestations, so bad that their ears hang like a lop eared rabbit, and it can kill them but no nissing body parts.

    Thanks for the pics, just what I needed to see right before supper!!! LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondhitch View Post
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    Thanks for the pics, just what I needed to see right before supper!!! LOL
    No kidding.
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    Please pass the beef stew and rice. !!!!

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    Very Interesting. I never thought of ticks being that much trouble, sad thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobpuckett View Post
    Very Interesting. I never thought of ticks being that much trouble, sad thing.
    My tracker walked into some long grass beside a pond and came out with his cloths "moving". We have bug spray, I feel for the animals.
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    I just received my Eland from the tannery. I pulled over 100 sizeable ticks still embedded in the skin, chest, front arm pits. There where very many others smaller then a pin head. I did not notice this when shot for the Eland was set up for picutres then loaded onto the bakkie.

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    Eland get bitten by ticks under their tales and might result in the same thing . We lose more eland than Kudu .
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    The Kudu I took had quite a wound, too.
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    Attachments not working JNHall
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    Hope this works. New to this


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    That is ugly. I see your original pic is showing up now as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diamondhitch View Post
    That is ugly. I see your original pic is showing up now as well.
    I also took a photo of the skull before the taxidermist picked it up. They attached a tag saying "replace cape, maggot wound". Ah, memories!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNHall View Post
    I also took a photo of the skull before the taxidermist picked it up. They attached a tag saying "replace cape, maggot wound". Ah, memories!
    There is no shortage of Kudu capes though, at least you will get a nice clean mount back (sans maggots).
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