Younger, calmer giraffe to replace bull that tangled with cyclist

2013-09-26 00:00

THE fractious giraffe bull that trampled a mountain bike at the Groenkloof nature reserve earlier this month will be transferred to another reserve and in his place a younger bull will hopefully prove more welcoming to cyclists.

Initial reports were that the bull would be put down for being so intolerant to humans on his turf sporting tight lycra and strange hats.

“The bull was originally brought here for breeding purposes and will be replaced with a younger bull,” said Tshwane spokesperson Antoinette Mostert.

Hencke Marais from Tshwane nature reserve said the Groenkloof giraffe bull is now 10-years-old and at its peak. Giraffes normally live for 25 years.

Mostert said it was necessary to replace the bull to prevent inbreeding.

“If the animal remains too long on the reserve, it will start breeding with its progeny,” he said.

Mostert said following the incident where the fractious old bull had blocked the path for the mountain bikers Louis-John Rex and Ryk van Niekerk, the reserve had limited the number of day visitors to the park. He said no steps would be taken against the cyclists for staying in the area after the bull stormed them, then laughing and filming as it trampled one of their bicycles before determinedly following one of the men around a bush. “Visitors must know that they are visiting a reserve at their own risk and they must respect the animals’ space,” he said.

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