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Tup lovin'

21 November 2012
It's rut season on St Kilda. The male sheep have become increasingly boisterous over the last few weeks as they fight one another to gain mating rights to the ewes.  Fighting can be deadly, so the boys try to sort out who's boss by leaning...
Tups tongues
...and mounting each other.Tup mounts

A blow to the head or body might follow.  This pair didn't have the typical large rounded horns that many of the big males use when charging at each other.Tup fight

All of this commotion usually attracts other males.  The brown tup here was harassed by several other animals before he backed off ...Tup backs away
 and headed for the hills...
Tups chaseTup runs away

Gina


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