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Watch: Kickboxing Kangaroos and 4 of Nature’s Most Impressive Fighters

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The incredible video of two kangaroos kickboxing in suburban Australia that made the rounds last week has become a smash hit, with more than four million views on YouTube.

Rod Langham, of Wyee Point in New South Wales, filmed the evening fight in his neighborhood, where kangaroos are common sights, according to news reports.

“I was just having a coldie after a hard day’s work and was interrupted by a street fight,” he told Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

The video—and its popularity—got us curious about which other species are known to battle with their own kind. (See “Animal Fight Night” on National Geographic Channel.)

The short answer: Most animals avoid a fight if they can help it—but sometimes push comes to shove.

“This is a costly and even deadly behavior … So animals don’t really fight their own species unless there’s a really good reason or the stakes are really high,” said David Steen, a wildlife ecologist at the Auburn University Museum of Natural History in Alabama.

“It usually relates to reproduction. Males will often fight for reproductive access to a female, and females will often fight to defend their young.”

Steen shared his surprising picks for the top four most impressive fighters in the animal kingdom.

Rattlesnakes

When two eastern diamondback rattlesnake males meet, “they’ll size each other up, and if they’re a similar size, they’ll engage in combat,” said Steen.

“The front third of their body will stand up in the air, and they’ll wrap their necks around each other and try to wrestle each other to the ground—basically pinning each other and pushing each other down.”

 

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