A quick snack is not just something you consume quickly. But also a prey that runs so fast that it escapes from the jaws of a hungry cat. This lioness must have felt her mouth watering at the sight of a fat hippopotamus passing under her muzzle. The bulky mammal, in turn, was chasing an Egyptian goose (Alopochen aegyptiacus) that did everything to save its feathers. The result was a chain chase, the protagonist of a shot taken along the banks of the African river Luangwa, in Zambia. For the record: both prey have saved the skin. And all three remained dry-mouthed.

Never let your guard down, even when the stomach is rumbling. The seagull in the photo knows it well, and while he ventured in search of food in a swampy area of ​​Namibia, where the photo was taken, he came across a bigger and more hungry bird than he did. The pelican didn't think twice about it and immediately opened its beak to grab the loot. These birds (fam. Pelecanidae) generally feed on fish but do not disdain snacks based on amphibians, crustaceans and small birds. Fortunately the careless seagull (fam. Laridae) managed to get away, just in time.

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Better not to interfere in a quarrel, even more so if the two contenders are cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus). The photo you see is the extraordinary testimony of the fight between two males taken by an English photographer during a trip to Tanzania. Between a skirmish and the other, one of the litigants made a leap five feet high in favor of the goal.

While the cheetah females, when they leave the native herd, tend not to stray too far from the maternal range, the male brothers often abandon the family together, to look for a territory far from that of origin. It is thought that these coalitions serve to defend their area and to increase the chances of coupling against rivals. Relationships with females are limited to the breeding season. After the meeting with the partner, the males are not interested in the care of the puppies. War and peace between animals: go to the news

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The reputation of carrion eaters precedes them. But when they have the opportunity the hyenas (fam. Hyaenidae) certainly do not disdain a fresh meal. The one in the picture, for example, has had to try out a dozen attacks before finally catching the poor pink flamingo. A brave hunting attempt: hyenas usually pounce on prey in a group, while this specimen has had to rely only on its own strength and on a good speed (up to 60 kilometers per hour). The whole scene took place in the highly alkaline waters of Lake Nakuru, Kenya.

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Do you know those little morning setbacks that ruin the day? This hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), host of the Queen Elizabeth National Park, in Uganda, has just experienced one. At the time of his first daily swim he ventured into a lake, but to block his way he found a flock of intrusive cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo). That seeing his jaws wide open, you can bet, they will disappear in the blink of an eye. Despite some small "differences" these two species have something in common. Goffe on land, they become unexpectedly elegant once in the water. Thanks to its shape the hippopotamus manages to walk gently on the bottom and can maintain this gait in the water even for 30 kilometers a night, when it is looking for food.

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In the common imagination their names indicate the attitude of those who take advantage of the leftovers - or misfortunes - of others. But what happens when a vulture (fam. Accipitridae) and a jackal (fam. Canidae) meet? Nothing good, as evidenced by this photo taken in the Kwazulu-Natal reserve, South Africa. The greedy quadruped is trying, as usual, to steal a piece of carcass from a dead animal. But this time waiting for him, there is a profiteer like him to him, and the bird of prey does not seem at all willing to give him the booty. To avoid similar squabbles some species of jackals like the golden one (Canis aureus) hide the carrion in holes dug in the ground, sheltered from prying eyes. Watch another fight between titans of the animal world


It is difficult to imagine a more inhospitable end than that of this unfortunate African python (Python sebae), forced against his will to play the part of the rope in a showdown between predators in the Mala Mala reserve, South Africa. Caught by a female leopard, the poor man tried to wriggle out, before the son of his tormentor decided to try to share the prey with his mother. The result was a half-hour push and pull, with the reptile in the middle (a couple of meters long). The rock pythons are among the largest African snakes - in some cases they can reach 7 meters in length - and are known for the aggressiveness with which they defend themselves if threatened: between bites and tightening of the spiers, the opponent is soon put out of the game.

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Hungry as he was he must have overestimated his "digestive" abilities. So now this specimen of African anhinga (Anhinga rufa), is struggling with a fish too big for its thin gargoyle. And he goes for a walk with the prey placed just in place of the head. The curious scene was immortalized by a photographer in the Kruger National Park, South Africa. These feathered, fish eaters but also frogs and crustaceans, are known as "snakebirds" (snake-birds) due to their long tapered neck which, when they swim with the rest of the body completely submerged by water, looks like a snake. Photos, videos and lots of curiosities about birds (see)

Seeing the haul blowing from under the nose is a drawback that some animals know very well . This time, however, it fell to a fisherman to remain dry. At the time of withdrawing the Valery Krugersky network, intent on fishing in a lake near Chernigov, in Ukraine, he saw a large frog leap out of the water and steal its trapped fish. The thief, not at all intimidated, swallowed the whole prey and then stopped a bit nearby to digest it. The stunned fisherman has nothing left but to take a picture. After all, frogs are carnivorous, although they usually feed on insects and small invertebrates.
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When it is mentioned in some speeches, it is usually not to enhance its hunting skills. Yet the polecat (Mustela putorius), known above all for its particularly "odorous" secretions, is also a fearsome hunter. When evening falls the little mustelid, which does not exceed one kilo and 700 grams of weight, comes out of its burrow and relies on smell to identify rabbits and small rodents. If one of these happens on his way (like the victim in the picture), he is practically doomed: the force of his bite is such, that the skunk can get the better even on preys much bigger than her.
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If he had waited quietly perched on a branch with his two little brothers, this white-tailed kite (Elanus leucurus) would have had to share the meal with his family at best. But when you are hungry, you know, the survival instinct prevails over good manners, so the young 7-week-old bird of prey reached its father in flight, returning from the hunt with dinner for everyone. And there, 30 meters above the ground, he tried to snatch the loot, a succulent field mouse. The whole scene was photographed by Phil Seu, an amused retired surgeon, who spent 100 hours watching birds from a hideout in San Francisco Bay, California.

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The shot of a lifetime, a nice stroke of luck that happened to the author of this photo inside the Ranthambhore National Park in Rajasthan, India. A young male (from behind in the frame) dared to blow the meal to a reserve veteran, a 14-year-old female named Machali. For almost a minute the old tiger (Panthera tigris) defended the prey, a sambar deer, from the clutches of the adversary to the sound of paws, bites and claws. But in the end she surrendered to the disruptive force of the male by giving him the meal. According to recent estimates, the tiger population in India has dramatically lowered to 1350 specimens, just over a third compared to the 3700 that are thought to have been present in the country 8 years ago. More photos of tigers

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There is nothing that a mother is not willing to do, just to protect her child. The one you see even didn't hesitate to engage in a fight to the death with a ferocious leopard. Warthog mom (gen. Phacochoerus), pregnant with her cub, suffered a surprise attack on the banks of the Kwando River in Botswana.

But she didn't lose heart and for 10 minutes she resisted the scratches, bites and thrusts of the feline. All under the eyes of Mike Bailey, the sixty-year-old tourist who took the picture. So much courage in the end, he was rewarded: a hyena eager to eat without food has intruded on the scene, distracting the leopard. And allowing the wounded warthog to run away. Fights, squabbles and reconciliations in the animal world: go to the special


What you see is a struggle dictated by sentimental reasons … but not only. The object of desire is the nest that the last of the three little birds, a male weaver of Bahia (Ploceus philippinus) with yellow feathers has lovingly built. In the mating season these birds, famous for their ability to weave suspended nests, make large hanging flask-shaped shelters. In the middle of the job they attract the attention of the females by beating their wings and whistling: the partner inspects her potential "home" and if she likes it, she makes herself available to the union. Only then does the couple complete the construction. When the female has laid her eggs, the game starts again and the marpione begins to weave a new bait for the future partner. In this case, two weavers have set their sights on the same nest, and the male can only try to divide them.

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You can survive in the desert, just don't be too picky! The Chameleon of Namaqua (Chamaeleo namaquensis) knows this well enough to feed itself in the arid desert of the Namib, where it lives, swallowing cockroaches, lizards, snakes and scorpions without too many stories. But there's more, the crafty man also manages to exploit his "transformist" skills to avoid dying of heat. If in fact it is normally a color tending towards black, in the hottest hours of the day it takes on a lighter shade, on gray, which reflects light and therefore repels heat. Today is the 150th anniversary of the publication of the work The Origin of Species (November 24, 1895) by Charles Darwin without which some of the characteristics of animal behavior might still be obscure to us.

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Spiteful as a monkey, they say, but sometimes inappropriately: some South American primates would do anything to maintain peace within the group. The cebo from the cornetti (Cebus apella) so called for two tufts of hair in the shape of "horns" that sprout from his forehead, to put peace between his companions uses a very effective tool: the grooming. A search from a university in Liverpool, Great Britain, revealed that in the half hour before meals, these monkeys intensify the spulciatine between one and the other to relax the souls and avoid the subsequent fights on the food. According to experts, this behavior would highlight the ability to predict a possible stress situation.

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The author of this shot must have rubbed his hands, when he saw this bird of the ardeidae family (Ardeidae) - the same one to which the herons belong, for example - take the initiative and ambush a stall fish that was stationed in the waters of Galveston Bay, Houston (Texas). The bird plunged the long beak between the preys making them splash everywhere, even in the air where the little fish tried to take refuge in an extreme attempt to save themselves. The scene, perfectly immortalized in the photo, ended happily for the bird, which among so many potential morsels managed to put something under its beak.

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