Here are some excerpts taken from Wikipedia regarding alpha males among mammals. I found it interesting because it is relevant even among humans.
In social animals, the alpha is the individual in the community with the highest rank. Where one male and one female fulfill this role, they are referred to as the alpha pair (the term varies when several females fulfill this role – it is extremely rare among mammals for several males to fulfill this role with one female). Other animals in the same social group may exhibit deference or other symbolic signs of respect particular to their species towards the alpha.
The status of the alpha is often achieved by means of superior physical prowess. The individual in the alpha position usually changes when another challenges it to a fight, in some species to the death, and wins. Consequently, alphas may have to fight individuals in their own group several times to maintain their position throughout their lifetimes. In species where the fight is to the death, alphas rarely reach old age.
In some species, a nomadic individual may approach the alpha, successfully beat him, and thus become the new alpha. When this occurs in the lion community, the new alpha usually kills the previous alpha's cubs. In addition, several lions may share alpha privileges in what is usually called a coalition. The social group usually follows the alpha to the hunt and to new breeding or resting grounds. The alpha is thus sometimes seen as deciding the fate of the group. If two groups of the same species find themselves competing for the same ground, they may let the alphas fight, letting the outcome decide which group stays.
I didn't post this topic because I had an overdose of National Geographic. I had UMNO in mind.
I was thinking about the supposed "leader" of the pack and how he is constantly being challenged by his own community. How his people do NOT exhibit deference or respect towards him.
How his 1Malaysia concept is perpetually being trashed. Especially in the light of the recent Utusan fiasco, I wondered if this was a tag team being played out between Najib and his cousin Hishamuddin, or if the President of UMNO had lost respect among his own.
So I was pleasantly surprised to note that someone shared my opinion as well. Go and read this piece by KTemoc:
Who is Alpha of the pack of rabid dogs?
See if you have any ideas who the alpha male might be.