Dramatic moment jaguar KILLS 8ft crocodile after leaping into river from tree for battle to the death – The Sun

Dramatic moment jaguar KILLS 8ft crocodile after leaping into river from tree for battle to the death – The Sun

September 10, 2019 By mediabest

INCREDIBLE footage shows the moment a jaguar leaps out of a tree kills a crocodile.

The fearsome cat jumps 10 feet from the tree and sinks its teeth into the reptile's weak spot – the back  of its head.


After a ten minute struggle in the water, the jaguar came out on top and after killing the caiman dragged it up a tree.

Wildlife photographer Kevin Dooley, 58, watched as the jaguar "never failed to break its gaze" from the caiman swimming in the river below in Pantanal, Brazil.

After an hour of waiting, Kevin said the cat "which kept as quiet as anything for the entire time" then pounced on the caiman as it eventually swam towards the tree.

He said: "It was amazing to watch. The jaguar jumped into the water and wrestled with the caiman, eventually killing it.

"He then dragged it up the tree, like as though it had got his dinner.

"It left me speechless, the jaguar never failed to break its gaze from the caiman in the river, I couldn't believe it all happened in front of me."

DEADLY STRUGGLE

The photographer added: "They both struggled for around 10 minutes but the jaguar killed it.

"I was in a boat on the river when this happened, we stopped it to watch it all take place.

"The jaguar didn't move that whole time and just watched every movement of the caiman, he never took his eyes off it."

Kevin, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, US captured these rare pictures whilst touring the area in a boat.

He continued: "It is one of those things that you hope it doesn't happen when you are resting your arms with the camera, because I was watching it through a lens the whole time.

"I have honestly never seen anything like it, and I have been taking pictures of animals for a very long time."

Caimans’ can grow up to 8ft in length though they are formidable predators, often come off second best in fights with jaguars.

Planet Earth II viewers were stunned as a jaguar took on a gigantic caiman crocodile – and won.

As it dragged the open-mouthed reptile out of the water, narrator Sir David Attenborough explained the feline knows the "most vulnerable point" of the crocodile – the back of its skull.



 

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