Very rarely do we see predators preying on comparably-sized predators. But when it does happen, it is a scene you cannot forget!
The astonishing action took place on a sandbank by the Cuiaba River in Brazil’s vast Pantanal Wetlands. A 280-pound jaguar was seen stalking a 150-pound caiman, before quietly swimming the stretch of water that separated them, before pouncing on the back of the crocodilian.
As you might expect, the video became an instant hit. I mean, when was the last time you saw a jaguar taking down a caiman? I can tell you that it is the first such thing I’ve ever seen.
1. This jaguar was filmed launching a ferocious attack on a caiman as it basked in the sun in western Brazil. Below, the animal crouches down as he plans its attack.
2. The 280-pound cat stalked the reptile while it lay on a sandbank by the Cuiaba River in the Pantanal Wetlands. Below, the jaguar glides silently across the river.
3. The cat, nicknamed “Mick Jaguar” by biologists in the region, is captured approaching the small island, while the Yacare caiman relaxes leisurely in the sun.
4. The male jaguar can be seen eagerly eyeing up the reptile, as it creeps onto the sandbank in western Brazil’s Pantanal Wetlands.
5. The stealthy predator then sank his teeth and claws into the back of his unsuspecting prey, before clinging onto it as it thrashed around it panic.
6. Photographer Justin Black, 39, who witnessed the attack, said: “He lifted the 150lb caiman from the ground and trotted toward the water like it was a doggie bone”.
7. The photographer, from Washington, added: “The fact he attacked from the water is astonishing. It was reminiscent of crocs attacking land animals in Africa.”
8. The battle-scarred jaguar is estimated to be seven years old. He is almost blind in his right eye, which is believed to be due to battles defending his territory.
9. Following the struggle, the powerful jaguar could be seen clinging onto the Yacare caiman with his strong teeth, before whisking the leathery creature away.
10. According to scientists, there are an estimated 4,000 – 7,000 Jaguars in the Pantanal Wetlands. Below, the victorious cat drags the caiman through the river.
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