The Lions eat well tonight

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
King of the Jungle.

That's a lion's job.

But the job is tough one.

Dealing with all the animal disputes can be tough going a task.

Sometimes the Lion King will get, shall we say, fed up, and end the matter bought before him by simply eating his loyal subjects. Panthra Leo often shares the spoils with his Queen....or lets them catch  his meal!

lion eating zebra skin

Yum, Zebra!

pride of lions eating a buffalo

A Buffalo Family Pack to go Please!

make lion with an imapal in his mouth

Impala for lunch...

buffalo eaten by lion

 I'm having Buffalo wings...


Any Lion for a rib?

 The fat on this one is a little chewey eh?

lion eating buffalo ribs
Fine, I'll finish the ribs...

It's a true shame these fine animals have been targeted as trophies for walls over the years. Despite the carnage you see here, Lions are wonderful beasts and they have the most amazing adventures. You've see the Lion King right?

What do they feed Lions at the Wellington Zoo?

Monday, March 29, 2010

At the Wellington Zoo they feed the Lions, horse with added horse shoe for extra iron supplement. I actually took this photo myself on a trip to the Zoo in 2006. I love the shot and the suggestiveness of it. Whilst I know it was taken in a closed environ where a dead horse was fed to the Lions, in the absense of that knowledge, you could think of any horrific scenario that left a horse leg on a rock....
The Wellington Zoo is acutally a pretty decent zoo, very family friendly and the animals are well treated etc. Unlike the Phuket Zoo, where I visited last year. If the photos suggest I was having a good time I was, but on reflection it made me sad.

Check out some pictures of Lions feeding in the wild.

Meandering Manta Rays

Sunday, March 28, 2010

These meandering manta rays have been photograph off the coast of Mozambique feeding on plankton.

Biologist Andrea Marshall who took the footage described as the rays as being 'the most beautiful underwater birds.' Dr Marshall works to promote protect the these ghostly travellers at the Manta Ray & Whale Shark Research Centre at Tofo Beach in southern Mozambique.

The Famous Battle at Kruger youtube video

The Famous Battle at Kruger youtube video 

Battle at Kruger

This video is one of the all time youtube classics - 54 million views and counting! Why? It's the holy trinity of animals eating animals, a three way! It's got a pride of hungry lions, a herd of boistrous buffaloo and two never-say-die crocodiles battling your for the life of a baby buffalo...

Here's the 'plot' summary:

Taken from a small vehicle on the opposite side of the watering hole with a digital camcorder, the video begins with the herd of buffalo approaching the water. Upon seeing the lions, the buffalo flee and the lions charge and disperse the herd, picking off a young buffalo and unintentionally knocking it into the water while attempting to make a kill.

While the lions try to drag the buffalo out of the water, it is grabbed by a crocodile, who fights for it before giving up and leaving it to the lions. The lions sit down and prepare to eat, but are quickly surrounded by the massively reorganized buffalo, who move in and begin charging and kicking at the lions.

After a battle which sees one lion being tossed into the air by a buffalo, the baby buffalo—still alive, to the astonishment of the onlookers—escapes into the herd. The emboldened buffalo then proceed to chase the remaining lions away.

So truth be told, no animals got eaten...

Bald Eagles fish for their lunch

Saturday, March 27, 2010
bald and golden eagles feed on a fish

A group of bald and golden eagles feed on a fish on the frozen surface of the Mississippi River, Minessota.

Killer Whale not eating a baby seal

A lucky escape from this mean old Killer Whale!

Clearly the Orca fucked up its run and the seal pup got a away. We are reliably informed the seal grew to a ripe old age of 17 years old*.

Seal pup escapes a killler whale attack

* This statement is potentially inaccurate.

Check out this story of how a Killer whale caught a psuedo orca!

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Killer Whale breaks Pseudo Orcas back in New Zealand

Thursday, March 25, 2010
Just an orca, not the real deal!
A boat load of tourists on a dolphin sight seeing hunt got to witness nature at its most brutal when a killer whale flicked a pseudo orca high into the air, broke its back and ate both it and its calf in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

The attack occurred at the Black Rocks, about four nautical miles from Paihia, after a pod of eight killer whales chased more than a dozen pseudo orcas across the bay.

The tour boat was approximayely 50 to 100m away when the orca attack occurred, as the other orcas fled. The hungry animal's markings showed it was a female killer whale that chased the orca for several minutes, playing or toying with it,  flicking it about 10 metres into the air, before finally breaking the pseudo orca's back on her nose. Lunch is served!

What's a pseudorca you might ask? NZ Herald reveals:

Whale and dolphin researcher Dr Ingrid Visser said they got their name because their skulls were similar to orca.

"It [the pseudorca] is similar to a pilot whale but the skull closely resembles an orca.

"So when they first found the skulls they thought it was an orca.

"When they found out it wasn't, they called it a false orca or pseudorca.

"They look more like a pilot whale ... with a more pointed face."

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Hungry starfish eating an Octopus

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

When starfish go blue (on octopus)

I thought it would have been the other way around and this poor octopus would be eating the Starfish but the caption that comes the photo reads:

"her job of guarding her eggs is finished; her emaciated body is devoured by a swarm of sunstars".

So the circle of life in action on the sea floor as the octopus just apparently gives up,

Like Padme in the Revenge of the Sith,

Starfish eating a dead octopus
Tastes like fish?

Sunstars, starfish, it makes for an unexpected picture.

Look at that eye staring at you.

Is it a look of 'laying back, thinking of England'? It actually looks like a dead eye, I suspect the octotpus died a natural death and then the Starfish have scavenged it for a meal.

What else do Starfish eat? Cockle anyone?

star fish eating a cockle

Here's a star fish in captivity that's been fed.

And just to cap off, this starfish caught himself a fish! His chips got soggy however...

Said the spider to the Fly

Gee I dunno. Spider versus Butterfly? You tell me. I chose it because I like the victim's wing colour.

Gull eating Duck. Chick it out!

It's this simple kid, if you don't want to get eaten by a hungry sea gull, stay out of the big boys pool. This picture was apparently taken in Slimbridge Wildfowl Reserve, Gloucestershire, England. Bless.

But wait! There's more duck murder! Mr Sea Gull was still hungry so went for a mallard chick:

Don't fret dear reader! The Heron don't go hungry either!

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Crocodile eating sharks and other kinds of fish

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

What do crocodiles eat?

When Crocodiles aren't busy taking on 50 hippopotami at once, they take on other fair game. 

After all, the King of the River has gotta eat. 

On the menu today: Fish

crocodile eating fish

Here we have a Nile Crocodile swallowing a freshwater fish tail first in Kruger National Park. Scales an all.

crocodile eating a shark

Here's a fan favourite, crocodile vs shark. Jaws?

Aint seen the movie mate.

Thoughts is just a small shark, it's pretty awesome that the croc can wrap its jaws over the animal as we imagine the shark would be a pretty quick swimmer.

Maybe it thought the crocodile was just a harmless log of wood that was floating by...

crocoidle eats shark that it has dragged up onto land

Okay, one last shark bite!

This crocodile has managed to grab a fairly decently sized shark (is it a bull shark?) and managed to drag it up out of the water.

No doubt the croc will savour its protein meal.

shark caught by a crocodile

Picture of a giant olive snake pulling a walleroo up a cliff

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Well this kangaroo clearly missed out on boxing lessons and lost the round to this giant olive python. 

This picture is amazing. The strength of that python pulling the kanga up the cliff is something to behold.

I have no idea if it got the Kangaroo up to the ledge but whatever, an A for effort Mr Python.

walleroo being lifted up a cliff by a giant python snake

This picture was taken in Kimberly, Western Australia. To tell the truth, it's not really a Kangeroo being dragged up the cliff - it's actually a walleroo. What the jingoes is a walleroo?

The beast is a kind of a cross between a kangaroo and a wallaby - thus the word is a portmanteau of kangaroo and wallaby. Either way, the olive python got to eat the snake for it's dinner - which is well deserved as that is one massive effort it's putting in.

Turtle vs Heron: Not so clear cut a meal

Saturday, March 20, 2010
Turtle eating Heron didn't go as planned for the Heron. This heron tried to swallow a round turtle in this photograph taken by Jose F Garcia at the Everglades National Park in Florida. The heron bird apparently spent 25 minutes turning the nine-inch reptile over in its beak as it tried to figure out how to eat the turtle.

I hate it when it takes than long for the main to be served!

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Hippo saves on dentist bills

Tuesday, March 16, 2010
It's not all Animals eating Animals on this site, sometimes the Editor doesn't notice if I slip in the odd cute picture....

Check out a zebra cleaning a hippo's teeth in an enclosure at Zurich Zoo, Switzerland.

Regarded as one of the most aggressive animals in the world, the hippopotamus allowed the zebra to floss its teeth for fifteen minutes.

Zebra eating rotten food from a hippotamus

Must have had some baby Zebra stuck in between the molars eh?

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A Brave Rat steals a Leopard's Dinner!

Check out this cheeky little Rat! Stealing a Leopard's dinner from right under her nose!

I dunno, maybe the Sheena the Leopard was sizing up how good the rat would be to eat instead? How about a lick to taste?

leopard licking a mouse to eat

Na, it's okay Ratty, I'll share...

leopard licks mouse rat

These pictures of Sheena the Leopard* as taken at the Santago Rare Leopard Project, Hertfordshire in the UK as part of a project by student Casey Gutteridge.

* I thought Sheena was a Punk Rocker?

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Those stupid Caiman Alligators!

Caiman caught by an anaconda

You'd think those caiman alligators from Venezuela would have  learnt a thing or too about survival of the fittest by now.

Not so, this caiman let himself get eaten by an Anaconda.

That old trick! Alligator versus Snake is a favourite round here because it's a true test of muscle.

It's like Godzilla vs Mothra. Kinda.

Caption reads: A green anaconda suffocates and then eats a common caiman in the Lianos National Park of Venezuela

Crocodile eaten by Hippopotamus

This silly crocodile thought he was up for a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos.

Little did he realise he was one of those little white balls...

Crocodile caught and eaten by a hippopotamus herd in a river.

The image caption read: a crocodile strays too close to a mother hippo and her calves among a group of 50 hippos bathing in the Serengeti national park, Tanzania. The crocodile was killed in the battle that ensued.

Not shit, those hippo jaws look like they could crash a car.

I'd pay money to see that happen!

Praying Mantis eating Crickets!

Behold the green glory of Brunner's Mantis or Stick Mantis dining on his cricket friend, the Brunneria borealis! Upside down even. Can you eat your lunch upside down?

What are you looking at? I'm not sharing his juicy head ok? I'll leave you some tasty cricket legs.

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Olive Python eats a Maltese Terrier

Bindi, where are you girl?
Olive Python eats a Maltese Terrier

A python has eaten a Territory woman's 5.8kg pet dog, including the collar and name tag.

Patty Buntine's three-year-old maltese terrier-cross Bindi disappeared from her Katherine (Australia) home last Wednesday.

Ms Buntine said she was worried when Bindi failed to show up for her routine 7am breakfast. "She was always there so I got worried and went to look for her," she said.

I guess she found the python in her yard in stead of Bindi...


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