Cats eating rats and mice!

Thursday, November 16, 2017
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?

Monday, October 9, 2017
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

Bullfrog chokes to death on a chipmunk

Sunday, September 24, 2017
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! Are they sure frog didn't die of two much chlorine in the water? Maybe they need a test kit for that.

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!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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....

You'd need a homebrew made with finings after that I reckon!

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 fed a horse... in a Zoo. 

A brave leopard catches and eats a giant python!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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

Sunday, August 27, 2017
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!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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

Sunday, June 18, 2017
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!

Monday, May 8, 2017
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

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
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!

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If we caught that fish ourselves, what could we cook in on? We could have a nice BBQ, using a propane burner, get it really hot, add some butter, maybe some pepper. That would be a pretty sweet meal. Maybe have some baby duck with it?

Python snake gets stuck on highway after eating a whole sheep

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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

Thursday, March 23, 2017
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.






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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
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...

Tuatara: Living Fossils

tuatara lizard from New Zealand
Hi, I'm Terry Tuatara, I breathe only once per hour!
The tuatara is New Zealand's famous gift to the World because it is the only survivor of an ancient group of reptiles that roamed the earth at the same time as dinosaurs.

The relatives of tuatara died out about 60 million years ago which is why the tuatara is called a ‘living fossil’.

Tuatara are famous for feeding on the New Zealand Weta but they predominantly prey on; including beetles, crickets, and spiders.

Their diet also consists of frogs, lizards, and bird's eggs and chicks like baby petrel which they find unprotected in nest burrows.

tuatara eating a weta
Weta ya reckon? Nice picture?
Tuatara once lived throughout the mainland of New Zealand but rats and people drove them to extinction there.

They are now found only on 37 off-shore islands and mainland islands and specific entities like the Karori Sanctuary.

There are two species. Sphenodon punctatus is the Cook Strait tuatara which live on Stephen's Island in the Marlborough Sounds.

The Northern tuatara, Sphenodon punctatus punctatus, is a sub-species which live on offshore islands around the north of the North Island.

The total tuatara population on all these islands is estimated to be between 50,000 and 100,000.

tuatara eating a bird
You wanna share my baby Petrel?
Tuatara are are cousins with Komodo Dragons, in the sense they are living relatives of the ancient dinosaurs.

Extra for Experts: Tuatara are known to have a low sex drive - this Tuatara took one hundred years before he popped his cherry!

When Komodo Dragons get hungry, they get HUNGRY!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Feed me Seymour!

When Komodo Dragons get hungry, they get HUNGRY!


These awesome photos  prove the Komodo dragon is one fierce animal that can eat all kinds of prey.

For some reason I'm reminded of the game Hungry Hungry Hippoes though I have no idea why!

The Komodo dragon (in the scientific vernacular, Varanus komodoensis) is a large species of lizard found in the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Flores, and Gili Motang.

A member of the monitor lizard family (Varanidae), it is the largest living species of lizard. It can grow up to an average length of 2 to 3 metres (6.6 to 9.8 ft) and weighing around 70 kilograms (150 lb). That's one beast of a lizard!

Their unusual size has been attributed to island gigantism, since there are no other carnivorous animals to fill the niche on the islands where they live and that allows them to dominate and grow in size.

However, recent research suggests that the large size of komodo dragons may be better understood as representative of a relic population of very large varanid lizards that once lived across Indonesia and Australia which appear to have died out after contact with modern humans.

Here's some awesome pictures of Komodo dragons eating things. 

Komodo dragon eating a deer

Although Komodo dragons eat mostly carrion, they will also hunt and ambush prey including invertebrates, birds, and mammals.


Komodo dragons are amazing eaters



But that's not the real gossip, Komodo Dragons have been known to catch the odd human being too!

Although attacks Komodo are very rare, Komodo dragons have been known to attack humans; on June 4, 2007 a Komodo dragon attacked an eight-year-old boy on Komodo Island. The boy later died of massive hemorrhaging from his wounds.

Perhaps the most notable Komodo lizard attack came in June 2001, Phil Bronstein, Executive Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper, was given a special tour of the Komodo dragons at the Los Angeles Zoo for a Father's Day present by his wife, Oscar nominated actress Sharon Stone.

While barefooted and petting one of the dragons, Bronstein's foot was seriously bitten and required extensive surgery.

You could say then that the animal acted on basic instinct....

komodo dragon feeding with tounge out

According to Australian scientific research, the Komodo dragon has a snake-like venom in its bite which sends victims into shock and stops their blood from clotting.

Lead researcher Bryan Fry said three-dimensional computer imaging comparing the Komodo’s bite with that of Australia’s saltwater crocodile showed it used a “grip and rip” pulling maneuver to tear deep wounds, similar to a shark or sabre cat.

picture of a komodo dragon feeding

As part of his Komodo research, Mr Fry surgically removed a venom gland from a terminally ill Komodo dragon.

 He found it contained a highly toxic poison which would induce potent stomach cramps, hypothermia and a drop in blood pressure. This finding refutes myths about the germ's in the dragon's mouth being the cause of death.

The venom also blocked the blood’s clotting ability add further distress to the animal's prey.

So yes, if anyone ever asks, Komodo dragons are poisonous and their bite can be terrible for humans!

Did you know Komodo dragons can stand upright?

They sure can and it's scary.

Check out this image below of a Komodo dragon standing on its hind legs to reach up to the hanging food.

It's like it's Godzilla or something!


Standing Komodo dragon eating meat hanging from tree

This finding could mean that the Komodo Dragon was the possibly largest venomous animal to have ever lived! 

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