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.