Two individuals fighting over a dung ball sounds like a metaphor for a bad love triangle.
For dung beetles, though, it’s survival. Dung is a valuable resource, used as food and as a nursery for beetle babies. Each fighter in this video both intends to roll off with the grand prize, and they’re surprisingly relentless. (Related: Weird and fascinating ways animals use poop.)
This battle took place in South Africa, at the Djuma Game Reserve, between what is likely two copper dung beetles, according to Max Barclay, the senior curator in charge of beetles at the Natural History Museum in London.
Copper dung beetles are native South Africa and the southernmost points of Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.
Dung is so important