Much like the honey badger, Jaguars don’t care.
In South America, one of the few places where Jaguars still exist in the wild and hunt in broad daylight, they are routinely seen stalking and hunting down the crocodiles and caiman in the area.
Astonished photographer Justin Black, 39, said: ‘He lifted the 150lb caiman from the ground and trotted toward the water like it was a doggie bone. The scene unfolded by the Cuiaba River in the Pantanal Wetlands of western Brazil. ‘Using the hyacinth for cover, ‘Mick’ [the Jaguars] slowly entered the small channel and swam up directly behind the caiman, keeping his profile as low as possible.
‘Once at the edge he exploded from the water and onto the caiman’s back, swinging the claws of his right paw into its side. He then hooked the caiman with his left paw as well and went for a killing bite at the back of the skull – but he didn’t have a good angle. In the process his momentum carried them both into the water where he readjusted his position and his teeth found purchase on the back of the caiman’s neck. He then pushed the caiman into the water broadside – pushing a bow wave ahead of them as he swam. When he reached the opposite beach he quickly disappeared into the grasses with his kill.’
According to scientists, there are an estimated 4,000-7,000 Jaguars in the Pantanal.
They have become specialist caiman killers and hunt during broad daylight, surprising the cold-blooded reptiles while they bask in the sun.
They are also the largest and most powerful jaguars in South America, enabling them to take down larger prey.
And for added measure, here’s a video of a Jaguar attacking a caiman in an unrelated incident
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