Saturday, July 29, 2006

Fruit-eating Nyala

Saturday, July 29, 2006
This large buck nyala was on the grounds at Bonamanzi our last afternoon there. He was so intent on eating a large, hard, green fruit that we were able to approach so close, we could not digiscope him.
He would raise his head and let the fruit roll back into this throat, then he would chew on it with his back teeth. The sounds he made while doing this were somewhat akin to sounds I heard in my freshman year dorm, after my fellow scholars had had too much to drink. Transcribing this sound for a field guide to the sounds of foraging African mammals (or chundering American collegians) it would be roughly thus: Arrglrglrggrgahrrrraaatchhhhh!

After about five minutes the buck had broken open the hard fruit and gobbled it down in a few quick bites.
One of the Bonamanzi staff passed by the buck, within a few feet. The buck just kept on chewing.

One thing I love about nyalas is that they look like they are wearing tan socks.


On July 29, 2006 at 9:21 PM Anonymous said...

Nice ungulate, BT3. Cool that you got so close withour getting gored.

On July 29, 2006 at 9:47 PM Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous animal. Thanks for a look at a beautiful, strange creature I've never heard of.

On July 30, 2006 at 9:58 PM Julie Zickefoose said...

How much more beautiful alive than mounted on a plaque in a hunters den.

On July 31, 2006 at 9:02 AM jemkagily said...

What's the Nyalese word for cheese? It looks like you must know it--look at that grin in the last picture! Too funny.

On July 31, 2006 at 9:09 AM Rondeau Ric said...

I feel like I'm watching a National Geographic Special.

Excellent stuff Bill.