By Mandi Bierly
Updated December 28, 2012 at 08:31 PM EST

On Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. ET, Discovery premieres the first installment of Africa, a seven-part coproduction with the BBC from the documentary team behind Life narrated by Forest Whitaker. Below is a first look at what’s been described as “the most violent giraffe fight ever filmed,” featured in that first hour, “Kalahari.” It took the crew four weeks to capture the 90-second desert knockout in which two giraffes use their six-foot long necks as weapons and exchange blows. It was the only giraffe fight they saw the month they were there. You’ve got to see it to believe it. This clip is just a tease.

“Kalahari” also features presumably less intense footage, including a bird outsmarting meerkats by mimicking their calls and stealing their food and endangered, typically solitary black rhinos socializing at a watering hole.

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