Giraffe play

18th July 2012
Giraffes spar by using their long necks and massive heads to inflict heavy blows on the body and legs of their adversary. We rarely see this fighting 'for real', as most animals prefer to settle their differences in other ways. But we often see sub-adult males practicing on each other so they learn the skills that they will need in later life to fight for dominance and the right to mate. When performed 'gently' this activity becomes almost comic; one males hooks his head and horns under the leg of another and lifts, completely incapacitating the other!







When three, or even four, giraffes get involved, they really get tied in knots.





And when all was resolved, they put on an amazing 3-headed giraffe show.

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