Brutal fight: two koalas shatter their cute and cuddly image by screaming and clawing at each other in a vicious battle during the mating season
- Castrated female fights man in breeding season, shocking tourists
- Defeated koala runs away to a nearby tree, sick of screeching and scratching
- & # 39; They are not living teddy bears, they are wild animals & # 39 ;: says koala expert
- Kangaroo Island has too many koalas compared to a decline of the mainland
Shocked tourists in South Australia have witnessed a vicious koala mating fight as an unwilling woman fights against a man.
The fighting during the breeding season was recorded by a guide from Kangaroo Island Odysseys in the Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia.
The tall male can bite and grab the screaming female while she tries to dodge him by scribbling around the tree trunk on Kangaroo Island.
The female first tried to escape from her aggressive pursuer by scribbling around the tree trunk
The man drags her to the ground with his teeth and claws as she tries to scramble away from him, shouting loudly all the time.
The pair eventually struggles on the floor where the male bites the side of the female and hits her on her back several times.
The genderless and uninterested woman repels him by clawing him with all four legs and finally convincing him to leave with a downward wipe on the nose.
She continues to threaten him with kung-fu claws stretched out until he runs away and climbs a nearby tree, defeated.
Featherdale Wildlife Park director of life sciences Chad Staples said that male koalas get an influx of testosterone around the breeding season, making them aggressive.
& # 39; We think of them as a living teddy bear, but they are wild animals and part of survival is bringing your genes to the next generation, & # 39; he told Daily Mail Australia.
Full of testosterone for the breeding season, the male tried to drag the female to the ground with his teeth and claws while trying to convince her to mate
Mr Staples said that the sterilization of the female, marked with a blue ear tag, may have contributed to the aggression shown, as he now said in the breeding season.
& # 39; He is a great man trying to convince her that it is breeding season, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; He is in season and has had a strong increase in testosterone. She's a girl, but she's probably not in the oestrus because she was surgically dislocated, & he said.
& # 39; Even normal mating has an element of aggression – and people don't expect koala & # 39; s to make such sounds. & # 39;
& # 39; She screams in pain, but she also says to him: & # 39; This is not the moment & # 39 ;. She tells him to leave. & # 39;
Overpopulation of koalas on Kangaroo Island can also lead to more competition between men, he said.
On the floor, the couple clawed, screamed and struggled while the female fought the male
Kangaroo Island has one of Australia's only major koalas that is free from the sexually transmitted disease chlamydia, and has had a population explosion in recent years.
The koala population of Kangaroo Island grew to around 50,000 in 2017 and was so large that a sterilization program was introduced to prevent a culling to keep the numbers under control.
The island is an important reservoir of marsupials that are endangered or vulnerable in much of mainland Australia, where the number is falling.
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