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Giraffes sparring, Kalahari

Giraffe were reintroduced to Kgalagadi only recently, and as per the boards in the park, there are around 40 of them, in 2 primary herds. We were lucky to spot both the herds, as well as these two fighting.

This wasnt a mock-spar - these guys were really getting into it. The guy on the left went on to do a shoot that would make the Gracies proud - he trapped the other guy's foreleg on his neck, and lifted up, causing his poor opponent to stumble around on three frantic legs.. I was half-expecting him to do a takedown and go into a leg-bar....

Shot Details
Canon 20D, 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS
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