Before he can mate with a female, this young stallion has to prove he has the right stuff. He may need to fight off her dad.
For this young male zebra, the grasslands of Botswana are paradise...when they're full of food, fun and fillies.
But a single bachelor doesn't get to just walk up and woo his lady. He has to fight for her.
Zebra herds are made up of smaller family units consisting of two to six mares, their foals and one stallion.
The mother keeps her foals close.
The stallion also protects them...from predators...and other zebras.
But no father can really keep his daughter from flirting with boys.
A young filly is ready to mate...and a bachelor stallion plans to win her affection.
To mate with her, he'll have to entice her away from her father's herd.
But this stallion isn't about to let his little filly run off with an unworthy upstart.
To get past him, the suitor will have to show his strength, speed and cunning.
If he doesn't win this time, he'll just have to try again-this is the only way to establish his own harem.
He tries to neck-wrestle the older stallion into submission.
The battle continues into the night.
After hours of tussling, the two exhausted stallions call a truce.
And the young one gets the girl.
But he'll need to stay fighting fit until she conceives.
Other bachelors may try to steal her away.