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Manipulatory & Play Objects
Rubbing Post

The methods outlined in this section relate to the use of both artificial and natural substrates and items for physical and mental stimulation, including floating toys, nesting materials and posts for claw scraping and scratching to relieve skin irritations.

Rubbing Post

Method Telegraph poles, tree-trunks and large rocks. The post must be firmly fixed either by concrete, or by being buried several feet in the ground.
Species Rhino, Giraffe, Antelope, Deer, Zebra.
Purpose Provides a substrate for the animal to deal with itches, by scratching its hide, or rubbing off patchy velvet from antlers.
Pro --
Con Need a crane to move posts into position, and they must be secured into a concrete base or deep hole to stop them falling over when pushed by large, strong animals.
Improvements --
Comments Giraffes will strip and eat the bark from tree trunks.
Frequency of Use Constant.
Ratings Usefulness 10
Convenience 9
Value For Money 10
Range of Users 9
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