WATCH: Jaguar attacks and lifts 150 pound caiman from ground
Monday, September 30, 2013, 8:09 AM -
In just a matter of seconds, this jaguar that was captured on film in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands, attacked and killed a 150 pound caiman.
"This guy knew his business," said Luke Dollar, a conservation scientist who helps manage National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative. "This guy got right in the thickest part of the brain case and sunk those teeth in."
In the exclusive National Geographic video that went viral this month, you watch as the powerful feline stalks along a riverbank. It then slips into the water, crosses the river and sneaks up behind the caiman on the opposite bank.
Dollar says with just one bite the big cat likely delivered an immediate blow to the caiman's central nervous system, leaving the animal unable to fight or flee.
According to National Geographic, Kedar Hippalgaonkar of Berkeley, California shot the footage while vacationing in Brazil with his wife.
"The couple were hoping to spot some jaguars on an eight-hour boat tour of the Pantanal with ecotourism operator SouthWild. And did they. The jaguar in the video—known to locals as Mick Jaguar—was the third they’d seen that day," National Geographic says.
This area of Brazil is known for having the highest density of jaguars in the world and National Geographic considers the species near threatened.
Learn more about the world's endangered species in our weekly web-series, Endangered Species.
With files from National Geographic