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Symbiosis

By Karuma1970
We've all seen pictures of buffaloes or giraffes with oxpeckers cleaning ticks off them and both parties benefit. Iíd never seen an event quite like this however. This solitary old warthog trudged slowly out of the bush to this clearing at the same time every afternoon to meet a family of banded mongooses. He lay down and then didnít move for the next half hour while the mongooses probed his most delicate parts, into his ears, eyelids etc. Not a twitch. When the job was completed he got to his feet and slowly wandered off. Next day they were all there again.

Many thanks to Mike (Mike_Smith), Dale, (Ian), bobpaige1 (Bob), PhilT2 (Philip), Mike 905 (Mike), af1 (Alan) and frogs123 (Debs) for your recent awards.


Tags: Uganda Mongoose Symbiosis Wildlife and nature Warthog

Voters: Badgerfred, chataignier, af1 and 19 more

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Comments


11 Jan 2021 10:24AM
Super image Mike,
Fred.
11 Jan 2021 10:29AM
Great image and story..
11 Jan 2021 10:33AM
Great image and endearing story, bravo!

Dave.
dales Plus
5 11 Australia
11 Jan 2021 10:42AM
Very glad you explained as at first thought they were feeding on the carcass , excellent capture of this fascinating process !
Ian
11 Jan 2021 11:08AM
Wonderful !!!!!
richmowil Plus
12 437 2 England
11 Jan 2021 12:04PM
An excellent image with good explanation of mutually beneficial actions. Like it a lot.
11 Jan 2021 12:17PM
Natureís beauty parlour. Fabulous capture Mike. Iím glad you explained it. I thought they were feeding off the carcass.

Karen
rontear Plus
17 23 9 England
11 Jan 2021 2:35PM
Fascinating behaviour and image. Nature has so many parts to it, my award for something not many of us have ever witnessed. !!!!
Ron
11 Jan 2021 5:08PM
Extraordinary behaviour caught by your lens. A super image of something so unusual. Great to see. Debs
11 Jan 2021 5:37PM
Excellent observation and very well captured.
David
11 Jan 2021 7:21PM
His idea of going to a spa. and their idea of take-away.

Glad you found the photo.
Daisymaye Plus
12 23 18 Canada
12 Jan 2021 2:31AM
How amazing to see this. And...for it to happen. Excellent image.

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