Its head and neck are almost totally devoid of hair, allowing it to reach inside the body cavities of carcasses without its coat becoming fouled. Its canine teeth are particularly huge and are capable of crushing most bones to get at the marrow. Gholes live in packs of about a dozen and have developed an almost symbiotic relationship with a species of carnivorous termite. This termite builds its mound with a horizontal shelf projecting out all round, a meter or so above the ground. The shelf provides shelter from the fierce midday sun where the ghole can bring bones and other tough parts of its meal to chew at leisure, The termites feed on the scraps of carrion that the ghole invariably leaves scattered around the mound, thus benefiting from the relationship.
It usually takes about three days for the carnivorous/omnivorous predators and scavengers of the African grasslands to reduce a gigantelope carcass to no more than a few pieces of bone and hide and a patch of stained, trampled ground. The final remnants are consumed by insects and microorganisms.