Nature may be red in tooth and claw, but never uncouth

2014-05-06 00:00

NORMALLY they will settle the rights to a piece of meat with a snap and growl, but this time the posturing for piece of pork went on for five minutes, during which time neither jackal nor vulture gave a quarter.

Like all birds, vultures have a strict pecking order and different species have different roles to play in opening a carcass. Hoogstad said the vulture chased off this jackal without injuring anything other than its pride and it later slunk back to eat with the smaller vultures at the back of the queue.

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