RAWR! More shocking nature news

I swear, there are more ways to die here on my beloved sandbar.

            At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty,
            and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty.

            The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators,
            normally considered the 'apex predator', can still fall victim
            to implemented 'team work' strategy, made possible due to the
            tight knit social structure and 'survival of the pack
            mentality' bred into the canines.

            See the remarkable photograph below courtesy of Nature
            Magazine. Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the
            gator preventing it from breathing, while another dog has a
            hold on the tail to keep it from thrashing. The third dog
            attacks the soft underbelly of the gator.

                     Not for the squeamish….




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11 Responses to “RAWR! More shocking nature news”

  1. *covers eyes* can't look …I'm the squeamish–well, sometimes….and ever since I saw The Hound of the Baskervilles when I was a little kid I've been afraid of dogs. Not that alligators are little sweethearts or anything….

  2. not gonna look. not gonna look.i'm actually scared of dogs, too. eeeep.

  3. Tom? Is this actually a funny picture and we really should go look?

  4. Nice picture! I promise. I just forgot to include it. 😛

  5. I promise, Grace. It's cute. The upload didn't work. Sorry. (It's not a bug!)

  6. IT's ADORABLE!!!! *whew*Thank you — that wiped away all the ickystuff my brain was concocting…what cute puppeeez.!!

  7. It really is the best little picture!!

  8. oh, okay. hehehe. phew. cute pic, tom. don't mess up like that again! ;P hehehe.

  9. Did you know that Blue Öyster Cult was originally called Soft White Underbelly? No lie.


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