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Testing Their Strength: Young male kangaroos sparring

Something told me to get up early today, and I’m glad I did.  Our kangaroo family were back, with two young male kangaroos tagging along behind.   My guess is  the female kangaroo was in season, as there seemed to be a lot of jostling.  The two young males put on a good show right outside the study window, sparring several times. However, neither of them took on the dominant male.  In fact he seemed to be oblivious to all of the ruckus, instead focusing on the female and the joey.

The photos that follow just show a small part of the action, but enough to convey the larger picture.

Sizing things up
The joey is safely to the side, while the three males look at the grazing female.
Dominant Male
The dominant male moves off with the female and the joey, while our two young males watch.
More an energy release than a fight, these two young males take each other on, testing their strength.
The height factor
One of the males is slightly taller than the other, which seems to give it an advantage.
Both kangaroos were employing large kicks to gain advantage.
Flying kicks
At times, the action did seem to be more than just playing.
The contenders
After each bout of sparring, the two males seemed to be content to graze together.
Oblivious Family
Meanwhile our family seemed to be obvious to the fuss, with backs turned to the action. They were more worried about eating.

4 thoughts on “Testing Their Strength: Young male kangaroos sparring

    1. Yes, so did I! The taller of the two is going to be a very large kangaroo when it fully matures. When I stretched up, it was so long and skinny, but with beautiful lines. I think a bit of muscle development still has to happen. I’m sure he will be the dominant male at some stage in the future. The other male was shorter and a little rounder. Thanks for your comments! Lisa

  1. This is wonderful! I am so glad I discovered your blog through your like of one of my images! What a wonderful experience you appear to be having!

    1. Yes, it is a wonderful experience here. When we were looking for a new lifestyle, we were not sure whether to go for paddocks and livestock or bush and wildlife. I am SO glad we chose the latter!

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