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Unread postby Wild about cats » Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:07 pm

Wow, thats amazing! To witness a giraffe fight is something I want to do before I die. Looks vicious... :mrgreen:
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Unread postby Henk » Fri Jun 29, 2007 9:39 am

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Similar fight in another park without the KO
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:16 pm

Brilliant shot!!!! Check how its neck is bent like a piece of rubber! Awesome stuff, thanks Henk :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Jul 14, 2007 11:29 pm

We had the privilege of watching a similar fight between two young adult bulls just two days ago in greater Kruger. :D

Like in elephant community's, giraffe do not keep a harem nor do they defend a territory. The bulls establish a hierarchy by fighting each other. During a fight they will push each other, but mostly fighting takes place through hitting each other with their necks and heads.

Although the fight may at times look almost leisurely, it is anything but. Their heavy and long necks, combined with heavy head can pack a tremendous punch. It is not uncommon for one to floor or even knock the other out, as seen in these photos.

I have picked up a giraffe skull, it weighs quite a lot! The bulls have extra bony protrusions on their skulls, making their heads extra heavy and hard.

Though they use their tremendous kicking power to defend themselves against predators, it is seldom used in fighting between bulls. Possibly because it is so very dangerous?

The one bull also tried to mount the other a few times, another well known way of showing dominance. The thuds of head hitting body is quite awesome!
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Unread postby ice » Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:24 pm

ahm...could somebody help me decide if the smaller giraffe in front is a female or not? there is something hanging in front of his hindlegs but to me it looks rather small...

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Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:46 pm

Judging by the horns it is a male. The horns are bold on top, typically male, females have hair covering the horns. Also though not clear it seems as if you can see his scrotum on the photo.
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Unread postby Bushvelders » Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:38 pm

Great pictures! Occasionally a giraffe fight results in the neck vertebrae being broken, and when these re-set badly you can see a noticeable kink in the neck of the injured giraffe. Usually the fights are brief and very violent, and result in one of the giraffes either being knocked out or running away.
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Unread postby Toddelelfe » Thu Aug 16, 2007 4:24 pm

:shock: What an once in a life time story.
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Unread postby Elsa » Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:05 pm

What and incredible event, so glad the Giraffe made it in the end. :D
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Unread postby wanderw » Sat Aug 18, 2007 6:20 pm

What a great story with a happy ending! Thanx Sanparks :clap:

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Unread postby Candy's Style » Sat Aug 18, 2007 10:50 pm

These two were the first giraffe I had seen at KTP on the road from Mata Mata to Twee Rivieren:
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Giraffes interacting

Unread postby ice » Mon Sep 17, 2007 5:11 pm

during our last stay at Kruger we saw two giraffes, one taller, one shorter (however, we could not identify their sexes, they were too far away)...while we watched they were shoving each other with their behinds and also tangling with their necks - now how would I know if what they did was necking (aka trying to determine their ranks in the herd) or flirting (aka trying to engage in reproduction)?

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Unread postby Nico » Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:05 pm

This little video shows you that a Giraffe can be a Gastronome :roll:

[video]http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=KoKAnUbNpL8[/video]
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Re: Giraffes interacting

Unread postby Imberbe » Sun Jan 06, 2008 8:10 pm

ice wrote:during our last stay at Kruger we saw two giraffes, one taller, one shorter (however, we could not identify their sexes, they were too far away)...while we watched they were shoving each other with their behinds and also tangling with their necks - now how would I know if what they did was necking (aka trying to determine their ranks in the herd) or flirting (aka trying to engage in reproduction)?


It would probably be down to judging the intensity of the interaction. In the end ... who knows?

The video above shows beautifully how a male test the urine of the female. He is using his vomero-nasal organ, which is situated at the top of his pallet, between the mouth and the nose, to test for the tell tale hormones which indicates that she is in a fertile state. When he finds a female, he will follow her around until she is ready to be mounted.
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