When we came across these two male giraffes in the early morning near Shingwedzi in the Kruger National Park, they were already quite tired from sparring with one another. Shortly after this picture was taken one of them aimed a solid blow to the other animal but missed badly, hitting his own head against a tree trunk – all he got for his trouble was a massive bump on the forehead and a bloody nose!

18 thoughts on “Silhouette

  1. The Good Villager

    Almost looks like a two-headed beastie.
    Interesting, I was unaware that giraffes sparred. They seem like such gentle beings (not that I have much experience with or knowledge of them). Thanks for sharing!


    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Giraffes are placid animals most of the time, but they can use their long necks and legs to good effect in a fight – they can kill a lion with one kick! When sparring, two males will stand side by side and swipe at each other using their necks and heads as clubs and try to trip the opponent with a well-placed leg. It’s fascinating to watch!


  2. mjculverphotography

    Beautiful silhouette. I do miss Africa as I grew up there and haven’t had the chance to go back. That’s one of my favorite parks (even though it’s difficult to narrow it down to a favorite). Thanks for sharing that amazing story too. Guess the giraffe really did learn the hard way – poor thing:-)


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