Sunday, July 08, 2007

Dog pack attacks gator in Texas

At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty.

The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the "apex predator", can still fall victim to implemented 'team work' strategy, made possible due to the tight knit social structure and "survival of the pack mentality" bred into the canines.

See the remarkable photograph below courtesy of Nature Magazine. Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator preventing it from breathing, while another dog has a hold on the tail to keep it from thrashing. The third dog attacks the soft underbelly of the gator.

Not for the squeamish...

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Laughter is good for the soul! Have a GREAT day!!

(I swiped this from an email sent by my sweet momma, yes, I admit it! But isn't it the cutest damn thing?? It totally had me ROLLING this morning, so I just had to share it with you!! My mom works with a lot of animal groups and does a lot of good for our furry friends. I suspect this came from one of her animal friends. One of the groups she works with is in Dallas, TX. They do some awesome work - check them out!!)


Drew said...

That was a great post title and got me to come through and comment. It was like a car crash, I didn't want to look but had to see for myself. A very cute photo.

Lisa said...

Exactly!!!! That's exactly what happened to me, and why I couldn't resist posting it! LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm with Drew on this one!! I had my eyes half covered and the cursor over the back button ready to press! Ya got me!! Love ya,

Lisa said...

And you know exactly who to blame, now, don't you? Heeheee!!!

Casper said...

LOL- love it. I'm going do a post linking to your site so my doggie friends can see it!!!

Woofs, Casper

Lisa said...

Totally awesome, Casper! I hope you get extra doggy biscuits for that! :D