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2 Responses to Zebra tries to kill foal while mother fights back

  1. Emmanuel Okot February 25, 2017 at 5:11 am #

    This is heart breaking for a stallion tries to kill its young one.

    • Michael Theys February 27, 2017 at 11:30 am #

      I also find it rather disturbing, though this is part of life in the African savannah. According to Sabi Sabi game ranger Richard de Gouveia, this violent behavior can be explained to show ‘dominance in harems’.

      “A herd is usually made up of one dominant male, who can have as many as 6 females and their foals in the group. Younger males with no harem would form bachelor herds and wait until they are big enough to start their own harem.”

      De Gouveia further explains that “Zebra stallions will fight with each other to win over females and will even go as far as stealing females from one another.”

      “If the female which is stolen is pregnant, the new male will rape her until such time as she has aborted the pregnancy. Abortion would be done by releasing hormones that would cause her body to reabsorb the fetus or miscarry or if she gave birth to a live foal it would be kicked to death by the male.”

      More info can be found on Kruger Sightings’ video description. Hope this helps…

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