Watch “a big hoss of a male” jaguar sneak up on an unsuspecting crocodile.
National Geographic captured this incredible footage of a jaguar hunting down a caiman crocodile along a river in central Brazil’s Tres Irmãos River.
The jaguar is a battle-scarred adult male that biologists have nicknamed him Mick Jaguar. While this cat can’t dance on stage like his rock n roll namesake, he does have some slick moves in his own right.
The clip opens with Mick Jaguar carefully slinking along a river bank looking for something to eat. This cat is the ninja of the Tres Irmãos River – he doesn’t make a splash or a sound as he moves through the water. When the jaguar spots the croc, he switches into laser-focus mode and carefully swims across the river to strike his prey. In the words of the real Mick Jagger, “It’s all over now!”
Paul Donahue – the biologist who photographed the encounter for National Geographic – said he was astonished to witness the attack.
“We had seen kills before, but nothing so spectacular and horrific nor at such close range. It’s made me think a lot about the fragility of life and the fine line between life and death.”
Jaguars dispatch their prey by going straight for the neck or skull. They often hunt along river banks for fish, turtles, deer, crocs capybaras, tapirs and peccaries.
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