This brown bear annihilates a wolf den.
Bear and wolves are two species that have been in constant competition with one another from the moment they both appeared on this planet. Wolves usually have the numbers advantage with their packs while the bears have the upper hand in the size and strength department. These two species do kill one another on a regular basis.
Most people know that nature is exceedingly cruel, but sometimes it takes a video like this from a trail camera to remind us. The researchers who set the camera up were hoping to monitor activity at a wolf den filled with young pups in Belarus.
However, the situation at the den site changes dramatically when a wandering brown bear just happens to stumble across it. With their parents nowhere in sight to defend them, they are sitting ducks for the large bruin. The bear smells the pups and begins ripping the den apart to get at them.
Unfortunately, the camera did not capture every second of the incident. That is why there are gaps between the bear starting to dig the hole and the giant crater a little later in the video. The video's description says this was because the bear moved out of range temporarily. The researchers had purposely kept the camera at a distance so they would not disturb the wolves.
The researchers were unable to determine if the pups died either by being buried by sand or as a meal for the hungry bruin. However, based on the behavior of the wolves later, it seems likely the pups did not survive this incident. We have seen plenty of bear/wolf fight videos here in the past where the wolves got the upper hand.
In this case, it seems the large bruin was simply too much for just two wolves and they appropriately acted scared when investigating their destroyed den. It seems the bear won this round of the never-ending struggle between these two species. It may be difficult to watch, but this is the harsh reality of life in nature.
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