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One of the defining characteristics of being an animal is the need to eat other organisms. This forms the basis for a predator-prey relationship, in which the predator is constantly evolving to better HUNT their prey while the prey, in turn, evolves to evade predation.

Tiger camera trap catches golden eagle vs. deer. Imagine wandering out to check your camera in the remote Far East of Russia, and finding the hide and skeleton of a sika deer, picked clean by something.

Tiger camera trap catches golden eagle vs. deer

In a region stalked by tigers and bears, the death of a deer would at first seem not unusual. But this deer has no tiger prints, nor bear prints, not a trace of any predator to explain the what appears to be sudden death. This mystery could only be solved because the entire event was captured by the camera trap set up to monitor tigers and leopards by biologist Dr. Linda Kerley and wildlife vet Dr. Misha Goncharuk. © Linda Kerley, Zoological Society of London (ZSL) From the Wildlife Conservation Society press release: "I saw the deer carcass first as I approached the trap on a routine check to switch out memory cards and change batteries, but something felt wrong about it.

The eagle does not succeed to lift off with the 6-7 month old deer, weighing approximately 40-50 kg. The photos establish a scientific first. Cheetahs Hunt Ostrich. The 5 Creepiest Animal Serial Killers. Fatal animal attacks on humans are so rare that it makes a movie like Jaws seem almost criminal.

The 5 Creepiest Animal Serial Killers

Animals only attack humans if they're threatened, or really hungry, or if the human is poking the animal with a stick. They obviously don't go around seeking out and slaughtering humans just for the murderous thrill of it. Well... most of them don't. See, the thing is, Jaws was based on a true story. It's one of a few rare, terrifying cases where an animal just methodically went about killing lots and lots of people. The Time: The Place: A 1,000 mile long stretch of track that cut across British East Africa called the Kenya-Uganda Railway. Orca hunting penguin. Catfish hunt pigeons. 3 cheetahs spare impala's life and play with him instead. By Daily Mail Reporter Updated: 19:36 GMT, 5 February 2010 Hello little antelope, would you like to play with us?

3 cheetahs spare impala's life and play with him instead

Coming from three deadly cheetahs, it's the kind of invitation that's best refused - but amazingly, this impala escaped unscathed from its encounter. Luckily for the youngster, it seems these three male cheetahs simply weren't hungry. No claws for alarm: Astonishingly, these cheetahs, whose instinct is to hunt for food, decide to play with this baby impala That's because unlike other big cats, the cheetah hunts in the daytime, either in the early morning or late afternoon. And that seems to be the secret to the antelope's survival, as it's likely it fell into the cheetahs' clutches when they were already full - and tired out - from an earlier hunt. Great White Shark Attack. Lioness chasing young kudu. Hunting a Shark From the Deep [Human Planet] Man-eater. Man-eater is a colloquial term for an animal that preys upon humans.


This does not include scavenging. Although human beings can be attacked by many kinds of animals, man-eaters are those that have incorporated human flesh into their usual diet. Most reported cases of man-eaters have involved tigers, leopards,[1] lions and crocodilians. However, they are by no means the only predators that will attack humans if given the chance; a wide variety of species have also been known to take humans as prey, including bears, Komodo dragons, hyenas, cougars, and sharks. Big cats[edit] Tigers[edit] A theory promoted to explain this suggests that since tigers drink fresh water, the salinity of the area waters serve as a destabilizing factor in the diet and life of tigers of Sundarbans, keeping them in constant discomfort and making them extremely aggressive.

Lions[edit] Man-eating lions have been recorded to actively enter human villages at night as well as during the day to acquire prey. Jaguars[edit] Hyena, Jackal and Lion. Mantis vs Snake. Nature's 6 Most Diabolical Predators. Most of you are well aware of our stance on nature here at Cracked: We're against it. It's scary, it's weird and it keeps trying to kill us. Mother Nature is the world's greatest supervillain, and her cruelty is only outweighed by her deviousness. Sure, none of the diabolical predators below will hurt you personally--that we know of--but just imagine what some of the poor victims go through when these crazy-ass organic ninjas strike.

Imagine that you're a moth in New Zealand (please, as if you weren't already). You're whirling around in the dark one night, thinking moth thoughts--how much you like light, you wish you had some light, isn't light great--when you accidentally blunder into a cave. Hyenas eating rhino in front of calf. Green Heron uses bread to bait fish. Battle at Kruger. Blue Heron eats gopher.