TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY TONY CAMACHO / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Male giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) in the behavioural act of necking. Sometimes this necking is low intensity play fighting where opponents rub and lean against each other and the male that can hold itself more erect wins the bout. Other times it is high intensity fighting where opponents spread their front legs and swing their necks at each other attempting to land painful blows with their short stubby horns, or ossicones. Either way it is about establishing dominance. Research has shown that males that win necking bouts have greater reproductive success. Filmed in the Auob riverbed of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in southern Africa.
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