Friday, June 17, 2011

Battle of the stallions

This was a painting that I did from a old black and white photo of two zebras fighting .The baobab tree and the cloudy sky I added as I went along,color was based on other photos of zebras.

I was wondering why do Zebra stallions fight? And found out that they do this mainly to have control of the  mares .As soon as male zebra is big enough it is chased out of the herd by the predominant stallion.Young stallions will then join up with a bachelor group of zebras .A lone Stallion will sometimes challenge the predominant stallion in order to gain control of  the mares ,he will do this only if he things he is stronger.These fights can sometimes lead to serious injury that can later lead to a early death.Some zebra stallions will even go as far as killing young male foals,by kicking and biting them to death.Yeah life in the wild can be tough!

6 comments:

Studio at the Farm said...

What a cool painting, Roger!

Sy's Prints said...

beautiful! Love how you captured movement

belle said...

the baobab tree came out well...good painting.

Art with Liz said...

The wild can be so amazing, yet cruel at the same time. You've certainly captured these stallions in all their fighting glory.

Gary Keimig said...

nice action

Sandy Byers said...

You did a great job telling the story in your painting!