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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Wrestlers

Young ground squirrels wrestling in the dust. These small mammals are extremely social; however, conflicts are not resolved in the most amicable way. The image was taken in an area where ground squirrels disappeared 30 years ago, but due to a successful habitat reconstruction and repopulation project led by the Kiskunsag National Park a stable population can be found again.

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Date Taken: 06.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Hungary
Copyright: © Bence Mate