The Predator Becomes the Prey: Jaguar Attacks Caiman in Brazil [WATCH VIDEO]

By Miguel Lauresta | 3 years ago
The Predator Becomes the Prey: Jaguar Attacks Caiman in Brazil [WATCH VIDEO]
A jaguar (Panthera onca) in Pantanal, Miranda, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil./Bart van Dorp

Caimans are known to be fierce predators. But that’s not a problem for a jaguar.

In a video shot by Sally Eagle and was later uploaded to the National Geographic’s YouTube page, an almost invisible jaguar was seen as it moved smoothly through the muddy water, before moving stealthily onto a sandbank and attacking the caiman suddenly. The big cat was seen trailing the unsuspecting reptile basking on sandbank in Cuiaba River, in the wetlands of Pantanal in Brazil.

In the video, the 20-stone feline can be seen treading the river water silently, before slipping in on the tiny sandbank and delivering the deadly bite on the back of its unwary prey. Another photographer, Justin Black, captured still images of the astonishing moment and described it as “reminiscent of crocs attacking land animals in Africa.”

The jaguar, who has been nicknamed “Mick Jaguar” by biologists, is estimated to be about seven years old and is almost losing sight on his right eye, most likely from a lot of battles to defend his territory.

Scientists have also reported that as of present time, there about 4,000–7,000 jaguars living in the Pantanal area. Several wildlife groups have considered their species near threatened. These creatures have specialized in hunting down caimans and taking them down during the daylight since a lot of them bask in the sun at this time. These types of jaguars are also the biggest and most powerful in the South America area, making it possible for them to hunt down preys larger than them.

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Photo source: Wikimedia Commons/Bart van Dorp


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