Gemsbok Fight 1
Gemsbok fight (triple image) #2: We were only about 50 feet away and could easily hear their grunting & heavy breathing, and the loud clashing of horns as they blocked the other's thrusts. The challenger lost the fight when he jumped on the alpha male's back (ctr image), instead of driving one of his horns into the other's perineum or side. Their horns are 3 feet long, sharp-pointed, and wielded by this large, heavily muscled animal. These fights may result in death of one of the contestants. The challenger was not as strong as the herd (alpha) male. He broke off the fight and fled. He will never be allowed back in his former territory, nor be with the herd, so long as the alpha male lives. He would first have to fight & kill the alpha male in a rematch. [Central Kalahari, Botswana].