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Kudu caught in fence

Observed: 1st July 2013 By: Alex Dreyer
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We have had very little rain on Kyffhauser this season - we only 31mm measured at the house since August 2012. The low rainfall --> very few of the kudu food plants still have sufficient leaves left for the kudu to eat. The larger animals and bulls with horns can still reach and feed on the lowest branches of food plants (e.g. witgat tree). The younger animals have a very tough time finding sufficient food and are becoming weak and skinny. Many will die soon. In their weakened condition these animals have problems jump over the fences. (This is usually not a problem in better conditions). When these animals try to jump the fences, they often step on the upper wires and trap their hind legs as can be seen in the 2nd photograph. This is a very common problem in drought conditions. Once trapped like this these animals cannot free themselves and they die trapped on the fence.
We rescued one other lucky youngster caught in the fence around the main house in July. After freeing it from the fence, its hind leg was too stiff for it even to stand upright, but after about 20 minutes it recovered sufficiently and ran off.

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Species with which Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros subsp. strepsiceros) interacts