Eagle v. Seagull: A valiant rescue attempt

Thursday, August 16, 2018
seagul tries to rescue another from an eagle mid flight

You got to admire the spirit of this seagull trying to rescue its friend from the death grip of this eagle.

It looks almost comical but nature is showing the brutal reality of the strength of an eagle.

Those sharp talons are locked into that bird and there's little chance the rescue attempt was successful, but we admire the heart shown.

Golden eagle catching a red fox

Thursday, July 26, 2018
Golden eagle catching a red fox

Classic move by the Eagle. 

Praying Mantis eating a humming bird

Friday, May 18, 2018


You may have heard of how praying mantis are such bad assess.

After sex the female will eat the male.

Well here's one picture that truly surprised us, a mantis eating a humming bird. Yes, a fricking bird ! They usually only eat things like crickets.

We've seen spiders eat birds before but this is one legendary picture! I'd love to know how this insect caught it's prey! So I actually read the comments on reddit (I know, I do deserve a medal) and found this hypothesis as to how the green goblin did the deed:

"So hummingbirds are impressive as fuck, what with their ability to beat their wings eighty trillion times per second. They can hover, move forwards, backwards, up and down and side to side. They're also FAST. However, the praying mantis is hanging from what looks to be a hummingbird feeder, and that's the one place that they're likely to land. So my guess is that the praying mantis went all double-O ninja on her ass when she went down to get a snack."

These insects are more bad ass than a quote by Darth Vader!


As found on Reddit

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.

Source
 
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!

Elvis the Crocodile eats a lawnmower!

Saturday, April 14, 2018


Elvis the Crocodile tried to eat his keeper but took a lawnmower instead....


A hungry saltwater crocodile named Elvis with an apparent affinity for household machinery charged at an Australian reptile park worker before stealing his lawn mower.

"Before we knew it, the crocodile had the mower above his head," Tim Faulkner a witness said.

"He got his jaws around the top of the mower and picked it up and took it underwater with him."

The reptile workers quickly left the crocodile's space. Elvis appeared to enjoy his newly acquired mower and sat guarding it until he was bribed with some Kangaroo meat to give up.

Nice attempt at a revolution pal but you should have held out for more....

Check out these other crocodile stories:

Crested Serpent Eagle attacks a python snake

Sunday, February 18, 2018
Eagles must have the biggest balls of them all, especially this Crested Serpent eagle who has attacked this python because to him, the snake is simply lunch.

python caught  by eagle talons

I've heard that an Eagle's talon grip has been measured at 400 PSI, given your hand can do around 20, that eagle has some serious grip on the python. The pain and crushing blow of that landing, coupled with the powerful grip means that snake probably doesn't have much of a chance of making it to his next meal.

I guess it an eagle has earned the title of Crested 'Serpent' Eagle, it knows what it's doing.

This photo does the pounds on Reddit every so often - so much so this photo is attributed to photographer Antonius Andre Tjiu somewhere in Southern Borneo in Indonesia.

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