12 December 2010

Bon appetit - Jackal cuisine

The black-backed jackals were out in full force at the Addo Elephant National Park today. Not going after carrion, but turning over elephant droppings and eating whatever was living there.


I know that jackals will eat almost anything. I have seen them catching flying ants; they caused havoc on our farm, by eating watermelons, but I have never seen this behaviour before. Just goes to show how resilient and resourceful these animals are.



This guy was looking decidedly manky and should perhaps consider a diet change.

6 comments:

Naquillity said...

yes, i agree that the last jackal looks somewhat bad. a diet change could boost him quite well. love the other photos. he looks rather content in those elephant droppings. hope all is well.

rapunzel said...

Wow! Nice shots!

Firefly said...

There seems to be quite a few jackals in Addo that looks like they need to change their diet. Wonder why that is.

Karen said...

I guess when you're hungry, you're hungry! nice photos (o:

Anna said...

Wow that is interesting. BTW I would never guessed there were elephant droppings, lol. Anna :)

ascu75 aka Don said...

poor thing its become a dung beetle