Life Lines by Dr. Dolittle

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I never knew otters were THAT tough…

A river otter was captured on camera taking on an juvenile alligator…and winning. The battle took place at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Florida in 2011. More images can be seen on their Facebook page where the images were recently posted, impressive! According to National Geographic, the normal diet of a river otter consists of birds, small rodents, frogs, turtles, crabs, and fish. Let’s just add juvenile alligators to the list now.

otter v alligator 1

Photo from U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE/FACEBOOK

Perhaps equally impressive is this olive python that was seen strangling then devouring a Johnson’s crocodile…yikes!

python vs crocodile

Image from National Geographic, PHOTOGRAPH BY TIFFANY CORLIS, ABC NORTHWEST VIA EPA

 

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