Nature at its finest can be a thing of beauty. Here's pictures of the bloody carnage that results.

Cats eating rats and mice!

I wonder what mouse pate would taste like?
So my wife and I got a new cat. She's a lovely stray and we call her Venus. Yes, Venus rythmes with Doremius. Venus was a stray from the SPCA and appeared to be a very nervous cat. However on her second night of staying with us she decided she loved us and chose to demonstrate that love by placing a mouse at the foot of the bed. We think she's a keeper and for her mouse catching prowess, this page of cats eating rats and mice is dedicated to her.

Mouse go crunch!
Could I get some sauce for this mouse please?
Sometimes it doesn't work out well for the cat
Cats are often known to play with their food
Even ginger cats get to eat rats

Turducken of the ocean?

You've heard of a turducken right - a meal where a chicken is placed inside a duck which is placed inside a turkey and then roasted.

Here's the turduken of the ocean - an octopus inside the mouth of a yellow eye rock fish which was eaten by a lingcod...

lingcod-eats-arockfish-eats-a-octopus

Katipo bites a trouser snake!



Check out this story of how a Katipo spider took on a trouser snake!

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A venomous katipo spider bite on his penis was the high price a tourist paid for a skinny-dip at a Northland beach. The 22-year-old Canadian left his clothes in the sand dunes while he went for his nude swim and slept on his return, according to a report on the case in today's online NZ Medical Journal.
"He woke to find his penis swollen and painful with a red mark on the shaft suggestive of a bite. He rapidly developed generalised muscle pains, fever, headache, photophobia [light sensitivity] and vomiting," wrote Dr Nigel Harrison and colleagues who treated him at Dargaville and Whangarei hospitals.

By the time the man reached Dargaville Hospital, his penis was severely swollen, his blood pressure was up and his heart beat racing.

Chest pain and other symptoms developed the next morning and it was presumed he had been bitten by a katipo. He was treated with anti-venom medicine and rapidly improved.

However, heart problems persisted and he was treated at Whangarei Hospital and Auckland Hospital before returning to Canada.

Katipo spiders are known to have a highly specialised habitat in New Zealand sand dunes and will bite only rarely, and in defence.

This was the first known case of myocarditis, or heart inflammation, caused by a bite, Dr Harrison said. A prompt diagnosis and the use of anti-venom resulted in a good outcome for the tourist, he said.

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Wikipedia has a good description of the Katiopo sider:
 
Latrodectus katipo, the katipo, is an endangered species of spider native to New Zealand. A member of the genus Latrodectus, it is related to the Australian redback spider, and the North American black widow spiders.
 
The species is venomous to humans, capable of delivering a comparatively dangerous spider bite. Katipo is a Māori name and means "night-stinger". It is a small to medium-sized spider with the female having a distinctive black body with a white bordered red stripe on its back.
 
North of 39°15'S females do not have a red stripe and are all black. The male is much smaller than the female and quite different in appearance, being white with black stripes and red diamond shaped markings. Katipo have a narrow habitat, being only found living in sand dunes close to the seashore.
 
They range throughout most of coastal New Zealand, but are not found at the southernmost regions. Spinning an irregular tangled web amongst dune plants or other debris, they feed mainly on ground dwelling insects.
 
And now occasional trouser snakes.
 
Check out this story of a Spider eating a bird!

Bullfrog chokes to death on a chipmunk

bullfrog chokes to death on a chipmunk

A Redditor reports this ribbeting story:

"Opened my pool... saw a HUGE bullfrog swimming in the water... I had been saving chipmunks from drowning all week (because they weren't used to the pool cover being off)... came back the next day, bullfrog wasn't moving and was dead at the bottom of the pool... BECAUSE HE CHOKED ON A CHIPMUNK."

The bull frog probably thought he was onto an easy free meal but his eyes were bigger than his furry lunch date.

Given frogs will pretty much eat anything that moves (usually smaller fry like insects) the frog would have literally jumped at the chance to eat some delicious chipmunk meat. 


I for one, will never toad-ally forget this picture!

Never give up!

lizard tries to escape snake

It's curtains for this lizard that's been nearly eaten whole by this King snake!

Well, at least this alligator lizard doesn't think so and is making one last effort for freedom by biting the snake back!

We wonder how long the lizard held out and if he was able to sink any teeth into the skin of the snake. It would be amusing for the snake if he couldn't finish his meal due this last ditch escape effort!

Hold up, I actually found some comment by the photographer on what actually happened:

P.S. I watched the lizard for quite some time, and as I walked away, the kingsnake began slowly withdrawing from its prey. Just goes to show, if you refuse to accept that you've been beaten, you just might be able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Literally."

Pictures of the cutest otters eating crabs and fish!

crab being eaten by an otter
Crabelicious!
I've always thought otters were pretty cute little critters. They are just so lively - they jump and dive with such wild abandon - they are also known as mischievous buggers to - the Zoos that sometimes hold them have a devil of a time trying to contain them!

So, the drill here at Animals Eating Animals is to show pictures of exactly that, and today it's otters eating  eating crabs and other bounty from the sea.

otter on its back eating a crab

Above is a dead cute otter eating a crab that he managed to snaffle from the ocean floor. The crab gets eaten whole - it makes me wonder if they would enjoy dining on some sushi?

Below is an otter hogging out on a clam. How do they get to clam meat you wonder? I recall seeing a documentary once where the otter grabbed a stone and whilst floating on its back, it smashed the shellfish onto the stone to crack it and let the tasty food out. I'm not sure if the below otter did this or simply used it's jaw or claws to prise the clam open.

otter eating a clam shell on its back
Clam for dinner
Crab for dinner 
Is it me or does that above otter look kind of like an Ewok from Return of the Jedi?

otter eating crayfish
Otter eating some crayfish

fish eaten by an otter

Fish is also a large part of the otter's diet. 

two otters sharing a crab to eat

Not all Otters have the luxury of living in the wild, eating whatever crustaceans they can get their sharp little claws on. Some otters were silly enough to get caught by humans and put into zoos. There's some cute little bastards at the Wellington Zoo for instance.

Once those otters are detained, they need to be entertained or they go nuts and try to escape. So here's an example of what Zoos do to keep otters interested and active.

They give them fish that are frozen in blocks of ice.

At the very least, it's something to pass the time away while visitors to the Zoo oggle the otters and say things like 'Owww, how cute!"

Nom Nom Nom!

Cheeky Heron eats baby ducklings in front of their mother!

The cheek of it!


heron eating baby ducks

Check out this picture of a Cheeky Grey Heron snacking on some juicy wee baby ducklings, freshly snatched from in front of their terrified mother duck!

The heron just went right up to the family below as they were getting what appears to be a family portrait taken at the local pond.

mother duck with chicks

According to the Telegraph,  'The terrified mother duck tried desperately to shepherd her family of eight ducklings - born just the day before - into the safety of some reeds by the side of the lake in Dublin' So it's clearly a case of no luck for the Irish duck...

heron eating baby duck in front of mother duck
Quack and then baby duck number 2 was eaten

The Great Grey Heron then proceeded to taunt the fast diminishing duck family by swinging the duck from it's bill. It was definitely not a When Harry Met Sally Moment.

heron eating a baby duck

The defeat of the not so mighty ducks was snapped by duck lover Paul Hughes. "The first sign of the heron was the pandemonium it caused on the lake," explained Paul. "It swooped over the length of the lake and all the ducks started quaking loudly in alarm..."

It sounds like ducks need to sharpen up their game. Here's a picture of a seagull eating a baby duck. Hmmmn, they must be tasty wee birds eh? All this duck eating reminds of this picture of a heron eating a snake eating a fish! Of course, it's not all win win for Heron....

Polar Bear fed a horse head at the Zoo

This is very unnatural shot of a polar bear eating a horse's head.

I'm picking this was a polar bear in a zoo and the horse's head was intercepted on route to the glue factory....

polar bear given a horse head to eat

Reminds us of the time the lions got feed a horse... in a Zoo. 

A brave leopard catches and eats a giant python!

A brave leopard catches and eats a giant python!


This is something I've not seen before, a leopard eating an African Rock Python! And a massively large python at that!

Obviously the leopard can move a bit faster than the snake so it would seem he had the advantage but we can only imagine the tussle that went into bringing the snake down.

Python caught and eaten by a leopard

Perhaps the snake had died of natural causes?

It was suggested that this photo was taken in Yala National Park, Sir Lankia, however the snake appears to be an African python.

Leopards are actually known to be quite tough buggers - they can kill crocodiles with a bit of effort! And whatever you do, never try and corner a leopard, they will tear your scalp off!

Python kills and eats an Australian crocodile

python kills crocodile

Python kills and eats an Australian crocodile


We’ve found yet another reason to not visit Australia. If you weren’t up for the snakes that eat bats  or the hornets so big they eat spiders, be warned the snakes are actually so big they eat crocodiles:

Travis Corlis managed to capture the epic battle between a python and a crocodile at Queensland's Lake Moondarra, near the mining town of Mount Isa, Australia.

snake attacks and kills a crocodile


Admittedly the crocodile was only a baby being one metre in length but the struggle was impressive enough so much that Tiffany said, “We were sort of thinking that the snake had bitten off a little more than it could chew”. Ultimately the beast with no legs one and the crocodile was suffocated by the python’s death grip. 

We've actually seen this kind of battle a few times before, notably this anaconda versus alligator from the Everglades. This Aussie python managed to drag a walleroo up a cliff and this one just wasn't that smart at all

One last one, it's not just Australian pythons you have to watch out for, this python from Bali ate a cat and then threw it up!

Death from above - owl grabs mouse

owl grabs mouse in the snow

Spied on Reddit this is an amazing capture of the moment an owl swoops in on a mouse. Look at the owl's talons. The mouse has no chance. A cold end indeed!

That said, what the heck is the mouse doing on the snow? Was it put their by the photographer as bait to get the photo?

More fake news...

Seal versus Octopus battle on the high sea!

octopus caught and eaten by a seal


 Battle between a hungry seal and frantic octopus!


As reported by NZ Herald:

"A Kaikoura kayaking guide has captured a life-and-death battle between a hungry fur seal and an octopus.

Kaikoura Kayaks guide Conner Stapley was out with three tourists in South Bay yesterday, when he came across the epic battle.

He noticed thrashing on the surface of the water, and soon realised it was from a big male seal attacking the octopus.

The kayakers were soon spectators in a grisly battle as the octopus tried, and failed, to avoid becoming lunch."

octopus caught and eaten by a seal Sometimes Octopus do win the good fight - here's one that managed to nab a seagull.

Fireflies continue to light up even though caught in a spider's web

fireflies caught by spider

A keen Redditer shared their footage of two fireflies caught in a spider's web.

Nothing unusual about that, save for the fact that the flies have been bound for eating later - and are still alive and flashing!


What happens when this Alligator bites are an electric eel will shock you!

A bad move by an electric eel has a shocking result when this crocodile / caiman nabs it for a bite!

Even though the gator appears surprised when he feels the surge of energy from the eel, he keeps chomping down like a chompin' champ.

Or, a counter argument is that the strength of the electrocution is so strong that the mouth is involuntarily biting down and the gator has no choice but to keep going and try and kill his prey.

Apparently this was filmed on the Amazon.



As you can see in the video, the eel does a really great job at zapping his captor.

The gator has taken quite the jolt and appears to be quite stunned. You might think the alligator is dead due to the way he appears to lilt in the water however his leg kicks in the last second of the video suggesting signs of life.

Either way, this is a lesson for alligators everywhere to stay away from electric eels!

Fish catches a cute baby duck

This is a first for us, here's a picture of a fish nipping at the feet of a baby duck. We'd heard of eels catching ducklings before but never a fish.

Fish eats a duck

We think the fish may be a bass? It's certainly large enough to be able to feast on the cute fluffy thing!

Python snake gets stuck on highway after eating a whole sheep

python after eating a pregnant ewe

Snake sleeps off sheep meal on the road


A happy, well fed python sits on a highway after swallowing a pregnant ewe sheep in the village of Kampung Jabor which is about 200km east of Kuala Lumpur.

The six-metre snake weighing 90kg was too laden to move, making it easy for the local brigade team to capture it... with what looks like a piece of rope.

Fancy that, you'd be pretty happy with yourself as a snake getting a whole sheep into you, maybe you feel like a nap after and then BAM! You're a prisoner.

Donkey stomps a wolf to death and then eats it

wolf eaten by a donkey

Donkey stops a wolf to death and then eats it!


Found on Reddit, this picture of a donkey with a wolf in its mouth was explained by a Redditor thusly:

"Here in Northwestern Ontario we have a rather persistent wolf issue, so every farmer with pigs, chickens, cows, sheep, etc has at least one donkey in the pasture to prevent wolves from attacking the herds. Those donkeys don't take any shit from anything"

We have no idea how a farmer trains a donkey to catch eat wolves or coyotes but we imagine it's a matter of bludgeoning the furry fellow to death with the heavy legs of the donkey.

But as for the wolf putting themselves in the position to be stomped and eaten by the donkey, that's an entirely different question.

Now, if someone could kindly figure out how this cow killed and ate a rabbit...

Update: it's been suggest in the comment section, this dead animal may be a coyote, it could well be now that we look at the short face again.






The Eagle has landed - birds getting their prey

eagle catching a fish
Splash and dash

Pictures of Eagles capturing their prey


Eagles are large birds of prey which are members of the bird family Accipitridae, and belong to several genera which are not necessarily closely related to each other. Most of the more than 60 species occur in Eurasia and Africa.

Outside this area, just two species (the Bald and Golden Eagles) can be found in the USA and Canada, nine more in Central and South America, and three in Australia.

Eagles are differentiated from many other birds of prey mainly by their larger size, more powerful build, and heavier head and beak. Even the smallest eagles, like the Booted Eagle (which is comparable in size to a Common Buzzard or Red-tailed Hawk), have relatively longer and more evenly broad wings, and more direct, faster flight. Most eagles are larger than any other raptors apart from the vultures.

Species named as eagles can range in size from the South Nicobar Serpent-eagle, at 500 grams (1.1 pounds) and 40 cm (16 in), to the 6.7-kg Steller's Sea Eagle and the 100 cm (39 in) Philippine Eagle.

Eagles are the predators of the sky, swooping down from above to take their prey:

eagle attacks a seagull

Eagle feasting on a seagull...
Like all strong birds of prey, eagles have very large powerful hooked beaks for tearing the flesh from their prey, strong muscular legs, and powerful talons.

They also have extremely keen eyesight which enables them to spot potential prey from a very long distance above.

This keen eyesight is primarily contributed by their extremely large pupils which ensure minimal diffraction (scattering) of the incoming light.

Hence the expression, "eagle eyed".


Is this prey a rabbit? Either way it shows you how fast an Eagle can swoop down and catch a prey that is bigger in mass with four legs! Run Rabbit Run!

eagle eating the guts out of a rabbit
Run rabbit run!
A rabbit you say?

Heck, my blind grandmother could catch one of those. Ok then, jackass, how about a fox?

You ever seen an eagle catch a cunning fox? You have now:

eagle catching a FOX

Hey Crocodile, you want a zebra for lunch?


Crocodile capturing a zebra in a river then eating it


When one thinks of a zebra being eating, I would normally think of a Lion feeding on one but when you think about it, Zebras need to drink and when the sun beats down you'd be forgiven for tempting fate for trying to have a drink in quiet down the local watering hole...

crocodile attacking a zebra

The Daily Telegraph said of this Reuters photo "the stricken animal was attempting to cross the Mara river in the Masai Mara game reserve in south-western Kenya when the reptile struck.

And the poor zebra's chances did not look very good as two of the croc's hungry friends lurked menacingly in front of it as well." Stricken Animal?

I say the Zebra was freaking lunch meat!

Here's some more pictures of other occasions where some hungry crocs have got themselves some fresh Zebra.

crocodile deathroll on a zebra
I think thats a death roll of some kind...
zebra attacked by a crocodile

Check out this crocodile eating the Zebra's guts:

attacking crocodile

Here's some more crocs having an orgy over this Zebra platter. Good eating boys!

group of alligators eating a zebra

Crocodiles have also been known to eat sharks but also sometimes suffer the misfortune of being eaten by a leopard... but if you want to have a laugh, check out this crocodile with a vet's arm hanging out his mouth!

Great White Sharks. That's all this title needs to say really

great white shark jaws
We're gonna need a bigger boat! And mouthwash.

Jaws.


That one word will make you think of the Great White Shark that ran riot in the Hollywood film.

People literally were afraid to go into the ocean for a paddle after seeing that movie.

And why?

Because Great White Sharks are real.

They eat humans and seals all the time. They are  massively strong, fast and efficient killers.

Great White's definitely fit in the wondrous category of one wondering whether these animals are fearless man eaters or misunderstood monsters.

So it should be no surprise to any one that Animals Eating Animals is choosing to do a photo essay on this fearsome shark. We could probably do an essay on their damn razor teeth alone, but really you just want to see the pictures of blood and guts eh?

Chum away then!

The discovery of flying seals surprised even Mr G White.
The great white shark is more properly known as Carcharodon carcharias. They are found lurking in coastal surface waters in all the Earth's major oceans.

They have not yet been discovered in the Sea of Tranquility however. The great white shark is very well known for its massive size, with the largest individuals known to have approached or exceeded 6 metres (20 ft) in length and 2,268 kilograms (5,000 lb) in weight.

No wonder Peter Benchly wrote a book about one of them. Or was the book really about a family with issues?

I forget which. But I never forget these interesting Star Wars facts.

Nom Nom Nom
What do great white's eat? These beasts are one of the primary predators of marine mammals like sealion. They are also known to prey upon a variety of other marine animals including fish, fin footed animals like seals, and seabirds. Unlike the killer shark of the movie Jaws, great white do not generally ruthless hunt down men for lunch. Still, it does happen and reported attacks are common enough but are very widely reported when they occur, further adding to the shark's reputation.

Having a whale of a time...
Believe it or not, great white sharks are not fussy eaters, despite what you may have read in the newspapers. In the above picture the shark is dining on a dead whale. A DEAD whale. The shark just found the whale floating round and he thought, "hey, Free Whale Smorgasboard, I'm in!". Yuck, who the heck knows why that whale was dead and floating in the ocean.... it does remind me of this crocodiles' pig eating behaviour...

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