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Condition of a gemsbok

13 August 2014

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QUESTION:

What can be responsible for the condition of the gemsbok?

 

ANSWER:

The gemsbok´s poor physical condition is apparent from his prominent hip bones, the ribs that show through his hide and the blocky appearance of his hindquarters. In the bushveld the gemsbok is especially susceptible to tick infestation because in its natural arid environment in the more western parts of South Africa it is not usually exposed to many ticks. It is therefore imperative that an acaricide be used in a dip applicator in the bushveld where gemsbok are present.

Answer by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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