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Defensive Line 2527

Defensive Line 2527

Botswana - 2012 ; Protecting the younger buffalo, this group of males, has formed a defensive line. Male Cape buffalo can weigh up to 2,000 pounds and have distinctive horns that are fused at the base, extend down and then smoothly curve upwards and outwards. To sustain its bulk, the Cape buffalo must eat a lot of grass, and therefore it depends more on quantity than quality. It is able to digest taller and coarser grass than most other ruminants, has a wide muzzle and a row of incisor teeth that enable it to take big bites, and can use the tongue to bundle grass before cropping it—all bovine traits. When grass is scarce or of too poor quality, buffaloes will browse woody vegetation.