Olympus E520 1/125, f8, ISO 400
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With its spiraling horns and majestic bearing, the male kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) strikes a regal pose. The lightly yellowish tip and full 2 1/2 twists of the horn indicates this male is at least 6 years old and at the top of his game. When sparing with other males, kudu will entangle their horns, twisting, pushing, pulling and trying to tire their opponent into submission. On rare occassions, battling males have been known to become so firmly entwined that they are unable to extricate themselves, leading to death for victor and looser alike. Although in beautiful shape, this big boy has obviously come out worse for wear in a scrap, the tip of his left horn having been snapped off.
Tswalu game reserve, South Africa.