In the wild, all bets are off when it comes to hunting within the animal kingdom. As human beings, we can only imagine how terrifying it would be to suddenly confront a beast as ferocious as a tiger.
Among the big cats, the average size of the African lion is second only to the tiger. An adult Siberian tiger can grow up to 11 feet long and weigh about 700 pounds. The tiger stalks and ambush its prey, waiting for animals as large as a 1,000-pound buffalo while using its famous stripes to hide in dense undergrowth.
we all know the saying “Like a deer trapped in headlights.” Check out the video below to see how stunned the deer were when they found themselves standing in front of the infamous king of jungle stripes.
Deer primarily use its scent, hooves and antlers to ward off predators. Because of their appearance, natural agility, and quiet disposition, deer are sometimes misunderstood as fragile creatures.
When a predator approaches or threatens them, most deer have two choices: fight or flee. Often, their instinctive impulse is to choose to flee. Deer have a top speed of 40 mph. The person in this video doesn’t seem to know which option to choose as it stands there wondering how to get out of this situation.
very hungry kitten
The largest prey are especially the bison antelope, sambar and the huge buffalo weighing over 1,200 pounds, which are eaten by the Bengal tiger. Sloth bears, Asiatic black bears, baby rhinos, and even leopards have been reported to have been killed and eaten by tigers. Bengal tigers have been reported to have killed young elephants in isolation and even killed disabled adults.
Tigers usually eat only once every two days, usually after eating a large animal. Data show that a single tiger kills between 50 and 52 large animals per year, or about one large animal per week. Tigers usually weigh around 700 pounds. At any given time, they eat an average of 35 to 110 pounds of meat. But a lot depends on what they are killing.
Tigers grab prey with their front paws, which have a built-in deploy/retract mechanism. To prevent their prey from fleeing quickly, they attack the animal from the side or the back. After the initial vicious bite on the neck breaks its neck bone, the throat is torn out. Once killed, the tiger transports the carcass to a remote location for a quiet dinner.
If the deer ends up being caught by a tiger, it dies quickly and relatively stress-free. Tigers don’t like to procrastinate, and often the prey dies before it feels too painful. Take a look at the intense interaction below!
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I am broadly interested in how human activities influence the ability of wildlife to persist in the modified environments that we create.
Specifically, my research investigates how the configuration and composition of landscapes influence the movement and population dynamics of forest birds. Both natural and human-derived fragmenting of habitat can influence where birds settle, how they access the resources they need to survive and reproduce, and these factors in turn affect population demographics. Most recently, I have been studying the ability of individuals to move through and utilize forested areas which have been modified through timber harvest as they seek out resources for the breeding and postfledging phases. As well I am working in collaboration with Parks Canada scientists to examine in the influence of high density moose populations on forest bird communities in Gros Morne National Park. Many of my projects are conducted in collaboration or consultation with representatives of industry and government agencies, seeking to improve the management and sustainability of natural resource extraction.
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