Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

Fighting Giraffes

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Below the fold is some astonishing footage of wild giraffes fighting. It gets quite vicious at times. Filmed on safari in Tanzania.


  1. #1 Mike P
    October 5, 2007

    And it’s right-side giraffe by a neck!

  2. #2 Ahcuah
    October 5, 2007

    Any hint over what they were fighting over?

    Superficially, it didn’t look like access to females or access to food. Maybe just a case of “Mom always liked you best”?

  3. #3 Ed Yong
    October 5, 2007

    Very nice footage but I don’t think it’s all that vicious. The really damaging weapons are the hind legs, and those never get used. The head-butting is more like the WWF school of ritualised violence (the wrestling people not the pandas…)

  4. #4 Hai~Ren
    October 7, 2007

    Wow, the fluctuations in blood pressure to the head must be staggering (literally). I’ve seen footage of giraffes butting heads, but never with such intensity or violence.

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