Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Dog pack kills Florida gator

My friend Ann sent me this article and photo. I know it's very horrific, but it needs to be shared.

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" in its natural ecosystem, can still fall victim to implemented 'team work' strategy, made possible due to the tight knit social structure and "survival of the fittest pack mentality," bred into the canines over the last several hundreds of years by natural selection.

See below for the remarkable photograph courtesy of Nature magazine.

Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator preventing it from breathing, while the remainder of the pack prevents the beast from rolling.

Not for the squeamish! Be sure you can handle the raw blood and guts nature of this photo before scrolling down!

I think the funniest thing about this photo is that Doug thought it was going to be real when he read in. In fact, he was wondering why Ann would send a gruesome photo. He said he expected something bloody from his buddy Jim Small, but not from Ann. :-)

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