Fight for a Dung Ball

After our cruise on Botswana’s Chobe River, a highlight of the afternoon game drive was these two dung beetles fighting for a dung ball bigger than either of them.

Dung beetles form and bury dung balls for food for themselves and for their young. A dung beetle can form and roll a dung ball up to ten times its weight.

In this video, an industrious dung beetle rolls away its dung ball, when a second beetle tries to steal it. They fight for the dung ball — serious stuff for a dung beetle.


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