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Stegosaur display behavior (script question)
This is the guy who's writing the script again. Does the following
scenario strike you as plausible? (I know it's not likely, but I don't
want it to be unreasonable.)
The two lead characters are traveling along the edge of a corridor
forest when one of their vehicles runs out of juice. These vehicles
have international orange pennants on fiberglass poles, so as to allow
them to keep track of each other in rough terrain.
This has happened near a small group of Stegosaurus stenops. The
largest is a female, who is ignoring the other two while eating
(feathery-foliaged) cycad fruits. The other two are males in full rut.
Due to the season, their shields are brightly colored. They are
circling each other, head to tail, pausing to shake their tails at each
other. After a little while, the smaller, less brightly colored male
backs down, allowing the other to begin courting the female.
As the smaller male wanders off, he spots the pennants on the vehicles,
and interprets them -- tall, triangular, brightly colored -- as a
challenge. As the lead characters get out of the way, he approaches the
stalled vehicle, and begins to circle it. Eventually, frustrated by an
opponent that is both smaller and duller than he is but who still
refuses to give way or engage in a display contest, he swings his tail
at the vehicle.
Thanks in advance for any opinions.