QJIM RANKIN from Edenvale writes: I saw this carcass of a juvenile bushbuck in the branches of a tree at the Makhadzi picnic site in the Kruger Park. The supervisor told us that baboons had killed the bushbuck and hung it there! Does this happen?
AWildlife expert LD VAN ESSEN says: It might well have been the case. Baboons mostly feed on fruit, seeds, grass and wild mushrooms, but they do eat insects, smaller vertebrates and even shellfish and marine invertebrates on the coast. They also occasionally catch and eat the young of several kinds of antelope, including impala and bushbuck – search YouTube for some amazing videos. In certain sheep-farming areas, baboons sometimes catch and kill lambs. Most times they only eat the stomach and leave the rest of the carcass.