This is the extraordinary moment two male giraffes spar with each other – using their NECKS as clubs.
The two bucks were spotted ”necking” in the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya earlier this month.
Wildlife photographer Carole-Ann Fooks, 70, captured the astonishing fight during a two-day safari.
The giraffes grunted warnings to each other for ten minutes before battering each other with their necks.
The smaller giraffe suddenly snapped its 6ft long neck backwards before slamming it down on the other, before the second giraffe strikes back.
Carole-Anne, from Adelaide, Australia, said: ”We couldn’t believe it when these two graceful animals moved out into the open and started fighting each other.
”Tourists are rarely granted this kind of display – it was a real privilege.
”The way they both used their necks as weapons really was amazing. They slammed them down with such force.
”The larger of the two won the fight, while the other one just slinked off afterwards.”
While necking battles can be fatal, they often end when one male surrenders to the other.
Carole-Anne added: ”Males that win a necking fight have greater access to females.
”This suggests to zoologists that the length of a neck may be a product of sexual selection.”