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Hip bones of Burchell´s zebra

25 July 2014

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QUESTION:

Is it normal for the hip bones of a Burcell´s zebra to stand out like this?

 

ANSWER:

The zebra´s hip bones are prominent and this is unusual in a Burchell´s zebra which is a hindgut fermenter and has a throughflow of food three times that of a ruminant.

Answer by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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