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Jim Yingst
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An interesting conflict at Kruger National Park in South Africa. With a couple crocs thrown in for good measure.


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I thought this was going to be some kind of "worst NFL teams" thread.
Amit Biswas
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One of the best wildlife videos I have seen!!!

Very inspiring!!
Arun Kumar
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seems like fake
Rahul Bhattacharjee
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Originally posted by Arun Kumar:
seems like fake


No way !

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An amazing video, especially that the calf seemed to get away relatively unharmed.


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...especially that the calf seemed to get away relatively unharmed.


Ever had a croc bite you on the ass before?

Probably will grow up to be a sociopath, stealing hay money from all the other calves, etc.


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[M<sup>2</sup>]: Ever had a croc bite you on the ass before?

Not personally. Got an interesting story there for us, Uncle Mike?

The part I can't quite figure out is why the lions didn't kill the young buffalo when they had a chance. Seems like they should have been able to tear out the throat with little difficulty. Was it like a hostage standoff, where they were keeping it alive because they thought otherwise they'd have been charged? Seems unlikely. Or maybe their instinct is to not actually make a mess feeding on prey until they're in a secure position. Better to keep the body intact while they may need to drag it away to a safer location, perhaps? But I'd think that would lead to problems with prey who play dead and then suddenly break away while being dragged elsewhere. Seems like it would make more sense for the lions to make sure it's dead before anything else.

Maybe the lions were just to freaked out by the unusual behavior of the buffalo, that the weren't thinking straight. Too busy keeping a wary eye on the buffalo to remember to finish off their prey? Weird.
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Maybe the lions were just to freaked out by the unusual behavior of the buffalo


I've heard that that sort of behavior is not unusual for water buffalo. Lions take a huge risk at attacking calves, they often wind up becoming prey for the hyenas after a large cow gores them, sort of like we saw in the video. And it is difficult to break the neck or rip out the throat of a water buffalo. Anyway it was a cool video.

Got an interesting story there for us, Uncle Mike?


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Jim Yingst
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[M<sup>2</sup>]: And it is difficult to break the neck or rip out the throat of a water buffalo.

That's what I keep hearing from my friends who've tried it.
Amit Biswas
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What are the various things one can learn from this video?
Rahul Bhattacharjee
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Originally posted by Amit Biswas:
What are the various things one can learn from this video?


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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
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Maybe the lions were just to freaked out by the unusual behavior of the buffalo, that the weren't thinking straight. Too busy keeping a wary eye on the buffalo to remember to finish off their prey? Weird.[/QB]



A lion or for that matter a predatory cat kills its prey by suffocating it and not by ripping off the throat. The jaws clamp down around the esophagus, puncturing and pinching the wind pipe and thus killing the prey by suffocating it.

The predator cannot risk injuring the jaws by violent behavior like ripping off the throat where even a small bone stuck in the jaw can mean death by starvation
Michael Morris
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What are the various things one can learn from this video?


Water buffalo veal must really rock!
 
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