Zebra Tries to Kill Foal While Mother Fights Back


Feb 21 2017

 

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News24 helped us with some research, and they asked a Sabi Sabi game ranger, Richard de Gouveia, to explain this darker side of the Zebra. De Gouveia says that the violence is to show 'dominance in the 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 explains further 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.'

 

 

 This would explain the seen in Etosha as featured by Latest Sightings, with De Gouveia saying, 'It ensures that the strongest genetics survive and the killing of another male's young is not an uncommon practice in the animal kingdom.'

 

 

 

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