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John Ford
John Ford

Now that is a 'bad' cat. Gotta love them jaguars.

Hank LaVigne
Hank LaVigne

It seems this big cat knew what he was doing. He may be a caiman specialist. Nice meme.

Jacob George
Jacob George

A very  rare occurrence.  A very brave Jaguar.  Great  Photos.

No words for praise.

Daniel Jeantou
Daniel Jeantou

Bravo for the nice shots. This kind of attack is very rare indeed since, as far as I know, big cats would not take the risk to venture in waters infested with caimans or crocodiles, even when they are starving. Mick Jaguar must have been very courageous and Donahue very lucky.

Tamiru Woubbie
Tamiru Woubbie

C'est la vie!! Survival of the fittest!! Happy 2014

Afshin Jafari
Afshin Jafari

Amazing capture, great job and nice shots, hilarious... 

Makion Vp
Makion Vp

I've been watching a lot of times your video and amazing pics since you published them, and even I showed them to all the people I can. Great work! 

Dolores Smith
Dolores Smith

Loved the jaguar attack on the alligator, I am aware hat all the big cats swim, but did not know that you 'beauty' male are the best swimmers.

You should win a prize for that video

Keep up the good work, wish I could be there to see it all.

Janice Hinch
Janice Hinch

We were staying at the Southwild lodge when this happened.  We were very jealous that we missed out on seeing the jaguars.  The young couple that filmed it, as did a few of the American photographers staying there were so lucky.  We were so close and yet so far away!!  Was amazing seeing the footage at the lodge.  Chatting to friends on our return to New Zealand we found out it had been posted on the web. Now it will be easier to describe it to our friends.  The Pantanal, amazing place that doesn't seem to be that well know by travellers.

Mike Salaris
Mike Salaris

Wow..great pics, thanks for sharing this amazing event in nature!

Ashutosh Srivastava
Ashutosh Srivastava

Best Revenge.. this Caiman had actually killed jaguar's lover before when she had come to drink water here :)

jan mack
jan mack

never knew jaguars were swimmers - camin looks big.   Amazing


john shippentower
john shippentower

No matter how much credit a photographer wants to claim this shows the best shots are a result of luck especially the photo of the "Afghan girl."

MARTIN HERRERA
MARTIN HERRERA

I have seen many pictures/videos of this nature, but this one is "INCREDIBLE" You made the grade Mr.Donahue!

Deepak K Nair
Deepak K Nair

The speedy catch and kill is stunning. It makes you think about the thin line between life and death as you have said. Life is extremely fragile indeed. 

bang tran
bang tran

tobe or not tobe! C'est lavie

Q Hobbs Jr
Q Hobbs Jr

Wow it killed it with one bite , whoa !!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lunch is served !!!! :)

Q Hobbs Jr
Q Hobbs Jr

WOW !!!!!!!!!!! Killed it with one bite, wow !!!

andrew decicco
andrew decicco

Anyone with a house cat can see the same technique. Fascinating to see it with such large prey, though. But what I have always found interesting is that most often the prey does not offer much resistance, but seems to accept its fate. It does make you wonder about the circle of life.

Bob McCoy
Bob McCoy

@andrew decicco The spacing of the canine teeth in felids is such that the teeth separate the vertebrae, breaking the spine,  when the cat bites the back of the neck. That reptile was probably dead by the time the cat turned back toward the water. Notice there was no twitching of the caiman's tail. The jaguar was so smooth and polished in its attack--notice how the cat buried its right meat-hook into the caiman before making its bite--I would guess it has been attacking small caiman since it was a juvenile, and has worked up to adults.

Big cats generally take down prey more than 4 times their weight, and up to about 10 times weight. A jaguar at 200 pounds would  handle an average adult caiman's weight easily, as we saw in the video. Additionally, the cat does not have to work to bring the prey to ground, as with ungulates.

Carnivory is never pretty, but once one understands the importance of apex predators to all ecosystems, and to our food web, it seems like one could not help but root for the apex predator.

Eric Paul
Eric Paul

@andrew decicco Uhhhh...you've never been bitten by a Big Cat - not something you're getting away from!

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