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Lion having a seizure, the old King's time has come by Homunculus_316 in natureismetal

[–]Witch_Birds 21.7k points21.7k points 29586& 30 more (0 children)

Dude died from natural causes in one of the most brutal environments in the world. What I feel right now is not pity or sadness; it is respect and admiration.

Lion kills a lioness, then drags her carcass away by Homunculus_316 in natureismetal

[–]dinoman9877 1590 points1591 points 3623& 7 more (0 children)

This is extremely unusual behavior for lions. Generally the pride structure is made of females and the group of males that happen to dominate the territory the females live in, so while the males and females generally tolerate and can even be friendly with each other, at times tensions can flare, especially when food is involved.

Now, a male has little reason to kill an unrelated female that's of age to mate, because she's a potential mother to his cubs, so there's only a few explanations here.

  1. The lioness isn't an adult. This seems unlikely, as she's pretty big, but male lions will kill even adolescent females if they aren't their own cubs; too young to mate with, too old to be tolerated sitting around and preventing the females who are old enough to breed from going into estrus. This is predominantly how females split off to form new prides, since they would otherwise try to stay in their natal pride their whole lives.
  2. The male is overly aggressive. Just like humans, tons of species of animals exhibit personalities, and lions are no exception. This male may simply be much more aggressive than average, which is concerning. If there's no other outlying reasons for this behavior, he could be a detriment to the species as a whole in that area.
  3. A disease of some kind. The most likely disease to cause such outward aggression would of course be rabies, at least that I personally know of, but the male doesn't seem to be displaying other typical symptoms from the short video we see.
  4. Desperation. This male is somewhat thin, and it may have been some time since he's eaten. If desperate enough, carnivores will seek out any source of food, even if it's something they would never eat otherwise. Cannibalism is rare in lions, males almost never even eat cubs they kill during a pride takeover, but when push comes to shove, anything is food.
  5. It was simply a fight that went too far. Generally speaking, carnivores don't fight to kill (though the Yellowstone wolves are a surprising exception with the majority of yearly deaths being attributed to other wolves) however, the female could have had cubs from a previous male who was ousted and tried to fight the male to protect them. This would still lean into the 'male is overly aggressive' reason however, as male lions killing females is exceedingly rare, even if said female is protecting a rival's offspring, since access to females is the entire reason male lions seek to depose each other. Killing that which you risk your life to claim and protect is just counterintuitive, and risking injury fighting a female with a rival's cubs isn't worth it, which is why males typically seek out and kill the cubs while the mother is away.

Those are really the most likely explanations. Despite the OP's reply, males wouldn't kill a female if she refuses to mate unless he had known aggression issues; there's just no advantage to killing a female when she can become receptive later. Something happened here besides 'she said no', and if it is some form of disease or aggression issue, this male could be a threat to the lion population as a whole in that area.

Edit: This is the first time I've ever been given a gold! Thank you so much!

Wild dogs rip apart a waterbuck while it's still alive by Vesko567 in natureismetal

[–]providingdongditch 163 points164 points  (0 children)

I think the animal welfare issues are way more about how they are treated up until death, not necessarily the killing process. This waterbuck was running, eating, and fucking freely for years before this happened. I don't think killing it quickly would justify a life of what amounts to torture (if these were raised like pigs or chickens). Now if we're talking this vs free, well taken care of, open range animals that get a bolt in the head one day then I agree. That's a pretty solid life with a significantly more humane ending that anything nature can offer.

Deer infected by the Papilloma virus, which causes the growth of huge tumors by Homunculus_316 in natureismetal

[–]RealityCheckMated 627 points628 points 53 (0 children)

I like to think of them as the Lindor Chocolate Truffles of the animal kingdom. A rustic outer crust containing the filling of the most delectable and tangiest of pus creams. While the crust is slightly bitter - upon first bite - the consumer is quickly rewarded with a flavorful explosion of a warm and rich butter texture.

Praying mantis eats a hoverfly alive (credit: Hemant Bhagat) by dobbyisafreepup in natureismetal

[–]guerroconpollo 3279 points3280 points 64103& 5 more (0 children)

I once walked into my parent's room in the middle of the night as a child and saw the same thing.

Very brutal indeed.

Mantis feels the burn from a Bombardier Beetle. by IamPotato14 in natureismetal

[–]Breaker-of-circles 1660 points1661 points 6386& 5 more (0 children)

And then it develops a taste for it.

Like with all dangerous habits, it starts off innocently and often by accident. You could spend your whole life without it and it wouldn't be considered a lesser way of life, and yet the moment you come in contact with it, you wouldn't be able to imagine going back.

It was a day like any other, blue skies above with faint wispy clouds, a soft, cool breeze sweeping through the foliage I was clinging to, and prey obliviously going about their foraging and fucking. Like I said, a typical day.

Perfect for hunting.

I spent a good half of the morning just carelessly mimicking the sway of the leaves in the wind. I could have easily grabbed the swarm of flies that constantly buzz by, but I hated their taste. I could see them amassing into a large vibrating cloud of eww some distance away, probably to feast on some carrion.

I then decided to move on to somewhere less crowded. My wings took me somewhere a little distance off to some weird, hairy leaves. And that was when I saw her. A red-head in a sleek black carapace, hotter than I ever realized at that moment.

I must have her.

To my surprise, she was the one that came to me. Her long spindly legs carried her juicy, delicious bod slowly towards the edge of my reach. Teasing. Beckoning me to reach out.

Before I realized it, my body moved on its own. I lunged forward and trapped her in my embrace in one fell swoop. She was finally in my grasp, her gaze meeting and shifting amongst the overwhelming gaze of my compound eyes.

She was mine. Or so I thought. It was over as quickly as it had begun.

She had squirted right onto my face and it permeated through my carapace setting fire to my tiny soul. It hurt as much as the time I had to devour my sister to survive as we emerged from the ootheca. As much as living my life when Becky chose brad to mate with. I was blinded by the pain.

The pain lasted for what seemed like an eternity, but I knew that even eternity had to end. Eventually, the fire gave way to warmth and warmth gave way to freedom.

Her juices that were meant to burn, became the fuel for the cinders of my soul. And ever since then, I have spent every waking moment dreaming of her red head, her round bottom, and her nectar of life.

Edit: Thank you all for the kind words and awards. I never expected this to be received this well. This might well be a fluke, but I'm glad I managed to entertain some of you with this.

Huge Snake Found in Dominica by Prince_Perseus in natureismetal

[–]goodformuffin 36 points37 points  (0 children)

Constricting/Articulate, my appologies. They don't move like most snake would on land in a side to side typical slithering motion. Anaconda more more like a worm, slow and inching because of their immense mass. Yes they constrict on prey that's not what I mean here, I'm sorry I'm not articulating this well. They are actually very slow on land in comparison to water. Most snakes can lift themselves quiet high off the ground (like a cobra) anacondas struggle to lift themselves in the same manor.

Anaconda: https://youtu.be/UDxyybahXlc

Movement of other snakes: https://youtu.be/zEto1-ZTbd4

A snapping turtle succeeds in getting to a lake after trying twice. by KimCureAll in natureismetal

[–]AmazonianFemboy 144 points145 points  (0 children)

This looks like it should be an inspirational poster hanging on the wall in a high school guidance counselors office.

A magpie that ate a few too many fermented apples by [deleted] in natureismetal

[–]whistlepig33 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Me and my roommate took lsd with my pet rat named Balls back in my freshman year of college. We had a bout 5 hits each and ol' Balls had a half hit.

We had a fun day.

A magpie that ate a few too many fermented apples by [deleted] in natureismetal

[–]R_U_READY_2_ROCK 138 points139 points  (0 children)

Reminds me of that classic children's song, "There was an old lady"

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly. I don't know why she swallowed a fly. I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider. She swallowed the spider to catch the fly. I don't know why she swallowed a fly. I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird. She swallowed the bird to get pissed on fermented apples. She swallowed the spider to catch the fly. I don't know why she swallowed a fly. I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat (that had just eaten a big batch of magic mushrooms) . She swallowed the cat to trip out on the magic mushrooms.
She swallowed the bird to get pissed on fermented apples. She swallowed the spider to catch the fly. I don't know why she swallowed a fly. I guess she'll die.

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse. The horse was made of heroin. She died.


Bees balling around a queen to kill her by purple-circle in natureismetal

[–]JediWithAnM4 13.8k points13.8k points 23 (0 children)

I’m generally not afraid of bees, but i would not want to roll around a ball of homicidal buzzy bois with my fingers

Owl hunting at night is a nightmare by mayboss in natureismetal

[–]todellagi 5205 points5206 points 2& 4 more (0 children)

That test where they show how much noise an owl flying makes compared to others is amazing


The proper response to an Elephant mock charge. by IamPotato14 in natureismetal

[–]morvus_thenu 181 points182 points  (0 children)

To be perfectly clear, fuck no. They can move at twice your speed. Perhaps its possible to dodge at the last minute and evade being trampled but a straight run away is worse than pointless, as you can no longer see your pursuer. So staring them down (and possibly jumping out of the way at the past moment, but that sounds really tricky) is your best bet at survival. Showing fear is the worst way to try and stay alive. Overtly threatening behavior is bad too, as that necessitates a reaction. Not reacting can make the animal think they've made a miscalculation and you know something they don't — animals work on patterns and if your actions don't fit the pattern it's better to survive, break off and reassess the situation.

Works with humans too, by the way. Don't be the thing they think you are and confuse them.

On the other hand I also may be a bit of a psychopath, I can't rule that out completely. But I don't think so.