Somewhere in the Central Coast of Australia, two kangaroos are caught on camera in an intense boxing match on a suburban street. The marsupials can be seen punching and kicking each other close to houses in Central Coast, New South Wales. It is not clear where the action was filmed.

In this incredible video below, the funny fight goes on for more than five minutes. Luckily, both kangaroos were OK and not seriously harmed after the match.

Kangaroo boxing

Boxing kangaroos

Fighting or “boxing” is common in all species of kangaroos, usually between males. Fights between kangaroos can be brief or long and ritualized. In highly competitive situations such as males fighting for access to estrous females or at limited drinking spots, the fights are brief. Both sexes will fight for drinking spots, but long, ritualized fighting is largely done by males.

Smaller males fight more often near females in oestrus, while the large males in consorts do not seem to get involved. Ritualized fights can arise suddenly when males are grazing together. However, most fights are preceded by two males scratching and grooming each other. One or both of them will adopt a high standing posture, with one male issuing a challenge by grasping the other male’s neck with its forepaw.

Two kangaroos boxing in Australia
Two kangaroos caught on camera while boxing in Australia. Fighting or “boxing” has been described in all species of kangaroos. Fights between kangaroos can be brief or long and ritualized.

Sometimes, the challenge will be declined. Interestingly, large males often reject challenges by smaller males – not a common behavior in animals, usually, larger males use the advantage of being much powerful in the other animal specifies. During the fight, the combatants adopt a high standing posture and paw at each other’s heads, shoulders, and chests.

They will also lock forearms and wrestle and push each other as well as balance on their tails to kick each other in the abdomens. Brief fights are similar except there is no forearm locking. The losing combatant seems to use kicking more often, perhaps to parry the thrusts of the eventual winner. Winners are decided when a kangaroo breaks off the fight and retreats. Winners are able to push their opponents backward or down to the ground. They also seem to grasp their opponents when they break contact and push them away.

The initiators of the fights are usually the winners. These fights may serve to establish dominance hierarchies among males, as winners of fights have been seen to displace their opponent from resting sites later in the day. Dominant males may also pull grass to intimidate subordinates.

Read more about kangaroos on Wikipedia

M. Özgür Nevres

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