Front row seats for an epic battle!

One of the most exciting sightings (and we had many!) of our Satara Summer was this epic battle between two big Kudu bulls, encountered near the Kruger National Park‘s Nhlanguleni picnic site. At times the fight was so heated that we were sure one of them was going to break the other’s neck or stab a hole straight through his adversary. After several minutes the fight ended abruptly when they found themselves in thicker vegetation and one of the combatants threw in the towel.

25 thoughts on “Front row seats for an epic battle!

  1. anne leueen

    It is compelling to see this and also horrifying . I have been told reindeer have this kind of fight. In the north they wear themselves out and use up too much energy before the harshness of winter and then might not survive the winter. The answer to this was a partial castration so they did not have so much testosterone fueling these battles.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Thanks for the interesting contribution, Anne. I suppose in an animal-husbandry setting there’s a case to be made for such intervention, but in the natural order “weeding out” the weakest from the herd in that way helps the gene pool grow stronger.

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    1. de Wets Wild Post author

      Antelope males often have little skirmishes to test their strength, but those aren’t as ferocious and long-lasting as this fight was. This was definitely a fight for dominance and mating rights.

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