fighting for a mate

Whether they use display structures and body language or jaws, claws and antlers, when animals fight nobody pulls their punches.

programme information


1 x 60'

Production Company

Doclights GmbH / NDR Naturfilm





Episode Information

Biological instinct is driven by three things: finding food, staying alive and the desire to reproduce. And being fundamental parts of life, these things are well worth fighting for. As such, animals face daily battles to protect themselves and secure the resources they need to survive. Every battle is a trade-off between energy spent, the risk to health and the prizes awarded to the victors. Each animal fights with a unique set of tools and techniques, from display structures and elaborate body language to claws, jaws and antlers. And few fights are as fuelled as those during breeding season; the ultimate trophy for the brave fighter is, of course, an heir to the throne. A hard-won bloodline, passing on the fighting genes to the next generation. For nature’s fight club, there can be no bet-ter prize, or higher honour.

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