These two giraffes were caught on camera holding their very own heavyweight s.h.o.w.d.o.w.n, going neck to neck to see who was king of the African bush.
The two 20ft-tall animals were spotted swinging their long necks and trading hammer b.l.o.w.s as they b.a.t.t.l.e.d it out for the right to m.a.t.e with a nearby female.
Walter Becker, 48, stumbled upon the beasts as they b.a.t.t.l.e.d at the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa.
Walter Becker caught the animals fi. g.h.t.i.n.g for an m.a.t.e while visiting the Kruger National Park in South Africa
The 48-year-old, who was with his parents, said he was amazed by what he saw
Mr. Becker started recording as the two heavyweight beasts sized each other up, moving side-by-side and delivering at least a dozen t.h.u.m.p.i.n.g b.l.o.w.s to one another using their heads and necks.
The large mammals continued to battle it out until one of the giraffes fell to the ground in a crumpled heap, with Mr. Becker and his parents gasping in amazement in the video.
The two animals land at least a dozen b.l.o.w.s on each other in the short clip filmed by Mr. Becker
Mr. Becker told Latestsightings.com about the battle between the usually gentle giants, saying: ‘It was a blustery day and since we were not seeing much we decided to head out to Mlondozi dam.
‘There, we came across two huge giraffes grazing nearby the road. I started to take some footage most likely out of the frustration of not seeing much that day.
‘To myself and my parent’s amazement, another male giraffe entered the scene looking to stamp down his authority on the unsuspecting bystanders.
‘He immediately started a duel with another bull and I felt excited because I have only seen similar footage on a David Attenborough documentary.
‘I thus knew that this sighting was unique. This was one super awesome sighting.’
The necks of male giraffes are the strongest and most maneuverable weapon the animals have, with bulls usually taking it in turns to try to deliver a knockout blow which can sometimes be heard up to a kilometer away.
The beasts have been known to go toe-to-toe until the s.e.r.i.o.u.s i.n.j.u.r.y has been caused to the other, or even in a gruesome b.a.t.t.l.e to the d.e.a.t.h.
In this battle, the losing giraffe escaped s.e.r.i.o.u.s injury and managed to wobble his 2,600lb frame back after about 30 seconds, stumbling away as he admitted defeat but surviving to fight another day.
In this battle, the losing giraffe escaped s.e.r.i.o.u.s i.n.j.u.r.y and managed to wobble his 2,600lb frame back after about 30 seconds, stumbling away as he admitted defeat
The two giraffes launch a savage a.s.s.a.u.l.t upon each other, swinging their powerful necks and delivering t.h.u.m.p.i.n.g b.l.o.w.s on each other
David Attenborough’s BBC Africa series amazed audiences in 2012 when he showed two giraffes on camera f.i.g.h.t.i.n.g until the other was knocked out to millions of viewers.
Dr. Julian Fennessy, a biologist at the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and Director of the Namibia Nature Foundation, has commented on giraffe f.i.g.h.t.i.n.g.
He said: ‘Their necks are extremely powerful weapons. They are usually held at a 45-degree angle but if you bend it and swing it back it is like an elastic band and the forces created are very large.
The b.l.o.w.s delivered by the head and necks of the giraffes is their most powerful weapons and can sometimes be heard up to a kilometer away
‘The whacks produced when they make contact can probably be heard up to a kilometer away. Giraffes practice for these fights for most of their lives but normally they back off before a fight occurs.
‘Normally giraffes size each other up and after a bit of stand-up and a few swings, the fun is over.
‘Then the b.a.t.t.l.e.s is serious then it often ends in the subservient male skulking away. However, it can end in the death of one of them.’