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Gemsbok sparring, Kalahari

Serious fights among gemsbok can be deadly affairs, with particpants standing neck to neck and slashing at each other with their horns.

Most of the fights I observed were friendlier, with some locking of horns and then a quick release. Typically, these were sub-adult males mock-sparring.

These two, however, were serious about it and went on for quite a while, getting more and more intense with time.

Shot Details
Canon 1D Mk2, 500/4, 1.4x TC
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