EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: Wildlife Act
For those of you who were surprised to see a large spotted genet riding a buffalo – we have more surprises in store…
It seems this this genet is making a habit of riding large herbivores for his camera trap selfies.
The WildlifevAct volunteer project in Hluhluwe assists Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, the national park authority, in protecting the endangered and threatened species on Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park. As part of these conservation efforts WildlifevAct uses camera traps to monitor the more elusive endangered species such as black rhino. These animals are difficult to track by vehicle and therefore the cameras allow us to monitor their movements through the park.
While the camera traps’ main purpose is to monitor our priority species, they are triggered by movement and thus give us brief glimpses of other shy or nocturnal creatures such as porcupine or aardvark.
However what they never expected to find was a camera hungry genet.
The large spotted genet is a nocturnal mammal that is only found in South Africa. It is rather small only reaching about 21cm at shoulder height. However it seems like this lonely genet has tried to make friends outside of his species. It’s just he/she only seems to like really large herbivore type friends.
This behaviour has stumped most of the team at Wildlife ACT as they can’t see any benefit for these species to be seen together – with the possible exception of a height advantage for the genet.
It seems like he doesn’t need a reason as he continues to ride first the buffalo and now the rhino of Hluhluwe, night after night. He decided to jump on this rhino on the very same night that he was seen riding on the back of two separate buffalo.
Then three nights later…
Then the following evening…
And again four nights after that.
This genet seems to be determined to get the best selfie possible and we just enjoy getting to witness this absolutely bizarre behaviour.
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