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Toothy Riposte

Toothy Riposte
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Copyright: Jeff Kerby (jtkerb) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 88] (410)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-03
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2008-12-10 7:31
Viewed: 4124
Points: 10
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Two adult male geladas (Theropithecus gelada) take their aggression to a dangerous level. Generally, most encounters between males proceed through a series of threats and warnings that include flashing the pink skin that sits under their extended eyebrows as warning, threat yawns where they expose their (massive!) teeth, and screeching noises combined with flying kicks of nearby giant lobelias. It is quite dangerous for them to actually be involved with a fight at this level because the loser or both could easily walk away with life threatening injuries. I have seen some males whose faces appeared to be partially ripped off after encounters of this nature. Usually, these fights are over females either directly or indirectly. The geladas became used to my presence in the field everyday and after several months seemed to forget I was even there, allowing me to get close to these encounters without making them or myself uneasy.

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To PeterZ: Thank youjtkerb 1 12-10 08:49
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Hello Jeff,
Beautiful moment. I was there last summer, but didn't see such a great action. I made a workshop to come to a more natural scene. I hope you don't mind.

Hello Jeff,

wow, striking and scary, TFS Ori

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  • Metin Silver Star Critiquer [C: 25 W: 0 N: 16] (176)
  • [2008-12-31 3:44]

hi Jeff
very good capture..

Hello Jeff,
This is amazing moment captured by you for TN. I like their expressions & deadly incisors displaying aggression. TFS.
PS: I have done a WS for above image & increased the sharpness to optimal level. Hope you like it.

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