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Amazing photos of male ibexes fighting over ladies

Like other (ahem) animals, ibexes will do just about anything to get some.


March 26, 2018 | Latest Photo Prev Next
nubian ibexnubian ibexPhoto: Menahem Kahana / AFP/Gettty Images
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Who doesn't want to see a couple animals bash their horns against each other?

These are Nubian ibexes in Israel's Ein Gedi nature reserve near the Dead Sea. They're closely related to domestic goats, but they are, as you may have noticed, way more exciting. Normally, female ibexes live in herds separate from males. But during mating season, things change up.

ibexes fight each other Nubian ibexes live in dry, harsh regions. (Photo: Menahem Kahana / AFP/Gettty Images)

A female only gets turned on during 24 hour periods during mating season, which only happens once a year. The guys really have to be ready. Plus, only a few of the most alpha males actually get to engage in sexyfuntime at all. So you can see how these ibex dudes would be ready to fight over the ladies.

nubian ibex Mating season for these guys is pretty entertaining. (Photo: Menahem Kahana / AFP/Gettty Images)

When ibex dudes fight, they start only a few feet away from each other, then bash each other's horns with a massive amount of force. Horns can grow up to four feet long (!), so you definitely do not want to get in a fight with one of these guys. Unless you're dating an ibex gal. In which case, please tell us more.

nubian ibex They eat a lot of grass and other vegetation. (Photo: Menahem Kahana / AFP/Gettty Images)

Once the fighting's over, the courtship begins. Apparently, the ibex gals are really into those hot goat beards.

nubian ibex Since their food doesn't provide much nutrition, they have to spend most of their day eating. (Photo: Menahem Kahana / AFP/Gettty Images)

The whole thing takes a toll on the guys. They spend all their time during mating season fighting and mating rather than, you know, eating. So they end up looking pretty scraggly and destroyed by the end. But whatever, it's not like they have to carry around the kids after.

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