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Jaguar greift Kaiman an

Cats typi­cal­ly aren’t fond of water, but jagu­ars in the Pant­anal Wet­lands of Bra­zil are a dif­fe­rent sto­ry. They swim qui­te easi­ly and prey on over 85 spe­ci­es in the area.

Natio­nal Geographic’s Luke Dol­lar took some ama­zing foo­ta­ge of a jagu­ar stal­king a cai­man befo­re attacking from the water. Tra­di­tio­nal­ly, it is the cai­man who attacks pray by stal­king them in the water, but the here roles are rever­sed. The jaguar’s spot­ted coat won’t pro­vi­de much camou­fla­ge against the wate­ry back­drop, so the jagu­ar is requi­red to be extre­me­ly ste­alt­hy and redu­ce spla­shing noi­ses as much as pos­si­ble. Even when swim­ming, the jagu­ar is essen­ti­al­ly silent.

As the jagu­ar leaps out of the water to attack, it chomps down right behind the caiman’s head, effec­tively dis­ab­ling its cen­tral ner­vous sys­tem and immo­bi­li­zing it. Out of all big cats, the jagu­ar has the most force behind its bite.


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