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Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis) is the tallest animal in the world, reaching up to 5.5 m. height and the biggest ruminant (up to 1,900 kg weight). Male giraffes often fight by necking. Battles can be fatal, but are more often less severe, generally ending when one giraffe surrenders to the other. The longer the neck, and the heavier the head at the end of the neck, the greater the force a giraffe is able to deliver in a blow. After a necking duel, a giraffe can land a powerful blow with his head, occasionally knocking a male opponent to the ground. These fights rarely last more than a few minutes or end in physical harm.
Giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis), Etosha National Park, Namibia, Africa
Nikon D200, Nikkor 80-400 mm, 1/1250 sec at f/ 5.6, ISO 200
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