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Bearing the Burden of Sex
Photographer: Santosh Saligram
Location: Nagarahole National Park, India
Story: 
The male spotted deer (Axis axis), perhaps practising locking horns with a rival - for he seemed to be in heat - lifted this fallen tree branch with his sizeable antlers, and was instantly reminiscent of the struggles males go through in the pursuit of a mate, all to pass on their genes. He seemed to be carrying on his head the burden of sex.
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Camera Information: Nikon D600 digital SLR camera; NIKKOR 500mm f/4 G AFS VR Lens
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