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Discovery's "Africa" features most violent giraffe fight ever caught on tape

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There is something about the idea of the gentle spotted giants we know as giraffe’s fighting that just sounds (and looks) very strange to me. I have never pictured these leaf eating creatures to be the violent sort, and so when I heard that Discovery Channel's new seven-part co-production with the BBC called “Africa” featured “the most violent giraffe fight ever filmed” I had to take a look at the video.

Premiering on January 8th at 10pm ET on Discovery, “Africa” is narrated by Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker. The following clip from the first hour of the show showcases the 90-second giraffe showdown where two giraffes use their 6 foot long, 500-pound necks to assert their dominance and protect their territory. Whitaker narrates the scene, describing how the fight is rare to catch on film and is all about machismo. “A young gun sidles into town looking to stake his claim. The first blow should settle it. But not today.” Sounds like the tagline to a western.

The rest of the first installment, called “Kalahari”, also features other animals of Africa, from a meerkat-mimicking bird intent on stealing some grub to the elusive and endangered black rhinos hanging out at their local watering hole.

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Written by: harrisr
Jan 1st, 2013, 5:31 am


Message Posted On Feb 12th, 2013, 4:45 pm
I agree 1000% about the slow motion. I even tried watching the fight on fast forward just to get an idea of what this looked like at full speed. MSW

Message Posted On Feb 11th, 2013, 6:42 pm
I was watching the show for a while, I watched until mama elephant had the terrible choice of staying with her dying baby or leaving with her family. She stayed. It was the most noble thing I have seen for a long time. Will somebody help them please? Forest has done a wonderful job of narration for this series. (If I think too long about those wonderful creatures, I start to tear up, again!) It's hard to watch, and want to change this outcome somehow, knowing that things are never simple in Africa. Here in Canada, when whales are in trouble, we can rush to try to help, no problem. We want to help, (I haven't, yet personally, but other people have. The only issue here is, can I do it financially and in time?) Over there, many more human problems stand in the way, I know. The lesson; nobility isn't confined to humanity. Can somebody help, please?

Message Posted On Jan 9th, 2013, 6:10 pm
Would have been great to see this fight in real time instead of slow motion like discovery is obsessed with.

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Get your act together, Discovery. It's the 21st century.

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