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Zebra Flehmen - Calling all Ladies A Burchell&#039;s Zebra stallion exposes his pearly whites in a natural process called flehmen.  <br />
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Flehmen is a German word which describes the action of an animal analyzing the scent signal of a female (if she is receptive or not).  Although this stallion is photograph alone, he did &quot;laugh&quot; (flehmen) only after visiting a few mares nearby.  <br />
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It is a hilarious act, that is rather often seen within many different species of animals.  <br />
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Zebra stallions can be very cruel too.  Once a dominant stallion is beaten in a fight for dominance over a herd, he will most likely kill all stallion foals.  So as to &quot;wipe&quot; the genes of his defeated competitor from the earth, forcing the mares into ovulating sooner than usual.  Thus he will be able to reproduce his own offspring ensuring the survival and future existence of his own genes.  <br />
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What the Animal Kingdom tells us on a regular basis is this : Survival of the fittest, sex is very normal and freedom is purely fantastic !!! Burchells zebra,Equus quagga burchellii,Geotagged,Namibia,Summer,beautiful,black,color,dominate,expose,fantastic,flehmen,free,funny,gorgeous,humor,iconic,instinct,markings,natural Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Zebra Flehmen - Calling all Ladies

A Burchell's Zebra stallion exposes his pearly whites in a natural process called flehmen.

Flehmen is a German word which describes the action of an animal analyzing the scent signal of a female (if she is receptive or not). Although this stallion is photograph alone, he did "laugh" (flehmen) only after visiting a few mares nearby.

It is a hilarious act, that is rather often seen within many different species of animals.

Zebra stallions can be very cruel too. Once a dominant stallion is beaten in a fight for dominance over a herd, he will most likely kill all stallion foals. So as to "wipe" the genes of his defeated competitor from the earth, forcing the mares into ovulating sooner than usual. Thus he will be able to reproduce his own offspring ensuring the survival and future existence of his own genes.

What the Animal Kingdom tells us on a regular basis is this : Survival of the fittest, sex is very normal and freedom is purely fantastic !!!

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  1. Great behavioral record. It reminds me of a similar shot I took of a bighorn ram in Canada:
    Smile? - Bighorn Ram - Stagleap Provincial Park, BC Not sure what showing teeth means in bighorn sheep language. Perhaps it is a sign of social dominance? Typically a herd of bighorn sheep do not follow one single ram. But with it being so soon after the rut, possibly this ram is till showing his dominance over the others. Either way, it makes for quite a comical photo! Captured in Stagleap Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada. Bighorn sheep,British Columbia,Canada,Geotagged,Ovis canadensis,Stagleap Provincial Park,mammals,snow,winter
    Posted 4 years ago
    1. Great shot Travis. I have heard a lot about sheep ... and they are very skittish (unlike the bison). So for you to get a shot like this is wonderful. You must be one tough cookie ... looks cold, really cold. Thanks for the comment and contribution. Posted 4 years ago
  2. Why do i just think of that old bud advert from the late 90's, "waaaasssssuuuuuuupppp" when i see this? :) Great click! :) I think i might make a list of flehmen response pics! ;) I hope you guys are tagging properly! :P Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thanks John. Not a bad idea ... making a list of flehmen shots. Will see what else I can find in my archives. Thanks for commenting. Posted 4 years ago
  3. So in a way they are quite a lot like lions, they also do the flehming, right? Plus they also kill cubs of the competing male. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Ferdy ... absolutely. They all do basically the same thing (determining the chemicals from females). Lions, buffalo, sheep, zebra ... all the same. Yeah, zebra stallions are very dominant. Just as the lion will kill cubs not of his blood, so too does this iconic striped donkey.

      Thanks for commenting.
      Posted 4 years ago

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Burchell's zebra is a southern subspecies of the plains zebra. It is named after the British explorer and naturalist William John Burchell. Common names include: Bontequagga, Burchell's Zebra, Damara Zebra, and Zululand Zebra .

Burchell's zebra is the only sub-species of zebra which may be legally farmed for human consumption in the UK.

Similar species: Odd-toed Ungulates
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Uploaded Apr 5, 2015. Captured Mar 1, 2013 17:48 in D2874, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/6.3
  • 1/512s
  • ISO1000
  • 260mm