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Duration: 02:16

Oxpeckers spend almost their whole life clinging to a giraffe, even courting and mating there. They nest elsewhere, but pull out fur from the giraffe's mane to line their nests. The oxpeckers are of benefit to the giraffe because they pick parasites out of its fur with their specially adapted beaks. However, sometimes they feed on blood from a wound, keeping it from healing.

Available since: Fri 2 Jul 2010

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The Trials of Life Living Together

7/12 David Attenborough looks at how animals form partnerships.

First broadcast: 14 Nov 1990

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