Sibling Rivalry #1: Bullying and Snapping

These two young adult coyotes, 19 month olds, are almost always irritable and antagonistic in each other’s company these days. Although they still walk around together at times, they no long play-fight the way they used to: the contests have become real displays of put-downs and submission. One has become dominant over the other.  Almost always, the dominant one will approach the less dominant one to “lord it over him”. The response, ultimately, is for the less dominant one to flee, but his response also involves snapping, falling to the ground in submission and growling — I’ll show all these sequences in my next few postings. This sequence here involved an attempt to mount by the dominant one, and the accosted one then snapping and removing himself from the immediate vicinity of the dominant one.

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