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  Sri Lanken Leopard vs Mugger
Posted by: Pckts - 08-15-2017, 04:20 AM - Forum: Wildlife Pictures and Videos Gallery - No Replies
Here is a Sri Lanken leopard attempting to make a kill on a mugger, it loses it's grip and the mugger grab's a hold of the leopards paw. Whether it was distracted by the buffalo or not isn't clear, but it was probably a costly mistake.
Either way, it's a great video

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  Birds and Snake
Posted by: sanjay - 08-13-2017, 08:05 PM - Forum: Reptiles and Birds - Replies (2)
In this thread, we will try to post information, images and videos related to struggle and fight between Birds species and Snake species.

I will start with a facbeook video.

Can some one recognize the species of snake and bird in this video ?
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Smile A cordial greeting to all members of the forum from Venezuela.
Posted by: Cunaguaro - 08-11-2017, 11:09 AM - Forum: Forum Rules, Guides, Tips,Tutorials and Introduction - Replies (2)
A cordial greeting to all members of the forum from Venezuela.

Finally I was encouraged to register, after having a lot of time (about 2 years) or a little more following the forum, specifically the issues related to lions since that's why I found them; And it was also for them that since the time the wild cats had always been part of my attention.

I used to flip through feline books whenever I stumbled across some of them and watched television documentaries about big wild cats that are quite sobering, and that since I was a teenager, I have had to face life's moments with another point of view.

Now I join this space, to know and continue to learn from all of you who I think do an excellent job.

We will continue to pay close attention to your continuous contributions and we will humbly make those we have on hand at the time.

Thank you very much to those who are part of this space and my most sincere greetings again.

PS: My English is not very good, I hope to make myself understood and get better at it with some time. I hope I'm not violating any rules, if so let them know.

Un saludo cordial a todos los miembros del foro desde Venezuela.

Finalmente me animé a registrarme, luego de tener mucho tiempo (aproximadamente 2 años) o un poco más siguiendo el foro, específicamente los temas relacionados a los leones ya que por ello los encontré; y fue por ellos además que desde niño los felinos salvajes llamaron parte de mi atención siempre.

Solía hojear libros de felinos siempre que me tropezaba con alguno y ver documentales televisivos referentes a grandes felinos salvajes que son bastante aleccionadores y eso desde adolescente me ha hecho enfrentar momentos de la vida con otro punto de vista. 

Ahora me uno a este espacio, para conocer y seguir aprendiendo de todos ustedes quienes me parece que hacen un excelente trabajo.

Seguiremos con mucha atención sus continuos aportes y humildemente haremos los que tengamos a mano realizar en su momento.

De verdad muchas gracias a quienes forman parte de este espacio y mis más sinceros saludos nuevamente.

PD: Mi inglés no es muy bueno, espero hacerme entender y lograr mejorar en eso con algo de tiempo. Espero no estar violando alguna regla, si es así haganlo saber.
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  Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx)
Posted by: epaiva - 08-05-2017, 09:08 AM - Forum: Carnivorous and Omnivores Animals, Excluding Felids - Replies (2)

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The mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) is a primate of the Old World monkey (Cercopithecidae) family. It is one of two species assigned to the genus Mandrillus, along with the drill. Both the mandrill and the drill were once classified as baboons in the genus Papio, but they now have their own genus, Mandrillus. Although they look superficially like baboons, they are more closely related to Cerocebus mangabeys. Mandrills are found in southern Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and Congo. Mandrills mostly live in tropical rainforests. They live in very large groups. Mandrills have an omnivorous diet consisting mostly of fruits and insects. Their mating season peaks in July to September, with a corresponding birth peak in December to April. The mandrill is one of the most sexually dimorphic mammals due to extremely strong sexual selection which favors males in both size and coloration. Males typically weigh 19–37 kg (42–82 lb), with an average mass of 32.3 kg (71 lb). Females weigh roughly half as much as the male, at 10–15 kg (22–33 lb) and an average of 12.4 kg (27 lb). Exceptionally large males can weigh up to 54 kg (119 lb), The mandrill is the heaviest living monkey, somewhat surpassing even the largest baboons such as chacma baboon and olive baboons in average weight even considering its more extreme sexual dimorphism, but the mandrill averages both shorter in the length and height at the shoulder than these species. The average male is 75–95 cm (30–37 in) long and the female is 55–66 cm (22–26 in), with the short tail adding another 5–10 cm (2–4 in). The shoulder height while on all fours can range from 45–50 cm (18–20 in) in females and 55–65 cm (22–26 in) in males. Compared to the largest baboons, the mandrill is more ape-like in structure, with a muscular and compact build, shorter, thicker limbs that are longer in the front and almost no tail, they have huge upper canine teeth which can be up to 6.35 cm (2.50 in) Mandrills can live up to 31 years in captivity. Females reach sexual maturity at about 3.5 years. Photo credits Piutiekay, Claudia Potswa and Nilesh Mukherjee.
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  The Irish elk (Megaloceros giganteus)
Posted by: epaiva - 08-03-2017, 08:12 PM - Forum: Prehistoric animals - No Replies

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Giant deer or Irish giant deer, is an extinct species of deer in the genus Megaloceros and is one of the largest deer that ever lived. Its range extended across Eurasia during the Pleistocene, from Ireland to Siberia to China. A related form is recorded in China during the Late Pleistocene.The most recent remains of the species have been carbon dated to about 7,700 years ago in Siberia. Although most skeletons have been found in bogs in Ireland, the animal was not exclusive to Ireland.
The Irish giant deer stood about 2.1 metres (6.9 ft) tall at the shoulders carrying the largest antlers of any known cervid (a maximum of 3.65 m (12.0 ft) from tip to tip and weighing up to 40 kg (88 lb)). In body size, the Irish Elk tied in size with the extant moose subspecies of Alaska (Alces alces gigas). The Irish elk is estimated to have attained a total mass of 540–600 kg (1,190–1,323 lb), with large specimens having weighed 700 kg (1,543 lb) or more, roughly similar to the Alaskan Moose. Credits American Museum of natural History.
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  Mixotoxodon larensis
Posted by: epaiva - 08-02-2017, 08:10 PM - Forum: Prehistoric animals - Replies (3)
Highly speculated restoration of Mixotoxodon larensis, Artwork by Jorge Gonzalez.

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Mixotoxodon is known from a single species M. larensis. Mixotoxodon is the only notoungulate known to have migrated out of South America during the Great American Interchange. Its fossils have been found in northern South America, in Central America, in Veracruz and Michoacán, Mexico and eastern Texas, USA.. The genus was also one of the last surviving notoungulates, along with related genera such as the better-known Toxodon. The name refers to the fact that Mixotoxodon combines characteristics typical of different toxodontid subfamilies.
Mixotoxodon is known by fragmentary remains, usually mandible fragments and teeth. Although the general appearance probably was very similar to another toxodontid from the Pleistocene, the better known Toxodon, their fossils shown that the outer borders of the symphysis in the lower jaw don't diverge anteriorly, and the incisors form a semicircular structure that protrude less than the incisors of Toxodon; the snout was cylindrical, instead of the broad hippo-like muzzle of Toxodon. The straight snout and the narrow lower incisors closely packed, suggest that this animal had a different feeding strategy compared to their southern relative, although the teeth of both genera was adapted to deal with abrasive food. It was a rhino-sized animal, with a weight of up to 3.8 tonnes, which make it the largest member of Notoungulata.
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Diprotodon, meaning "two forward teeth", it is the largest known marsupial to have ever lived, it existed from approximately 1.6 million years ago until extinction some 46,000 years ago (through most of the Pleistocene epoch). Diprotodon fossils have been found in sites across mainland Australia, including complete skulls and skeletons as well as hair and foot impressions. The largest specimens were hippopotamus-sized: about 3 metres (9.8 ft) from nose to tail, standing 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall at the shoulder and weighing about 2,790 kilograms (6,150 lb). Aboriginal rock art images in Quinkan traditional country (Queensland, Australia) have been claimed to depict diprotodonts. They inhabited open forest, woodlands, and grasslands, possibly staying close to water, and eating leaves, shrubs, and some grasses.
The closest surviving relatives of Diprotodon are the wombats and the koala. It is suggested that diprotodonts may have been an inspiration for the legends of the bunyip, as some Aboriginal tribes identify Diprotodon bones as those of "bunyips".
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  If lion and tiger share same place what would be their surviving strategy?
Posted by: sanjay - 07-30-2017, 03:28 PM - Forum: Mature and Quality Information (Invite Only) - Replies (6)
If lion and tiger share same place what would be their surviving strategies ?

This thread may seems controversial and do not fit according to WildFact rules, but we suggest read below before reaching on any conclusion. Aim of this thread is not to compare Lion and Tiger on Vs fight base on hypothetical assumptions.

What we are trying to do is to know your thoughts in this hypothetical scenario where if Lions and Tigers would have introduced to share same place in today's world with each other? So considering this, there would be 2 possible scenario

1. Tiger living in Africa's plain land along with Cheetah, Leopard, Spotted hyena, Wild dogs and their main competitor Pride of Lions. If we ignore scientific constraint in this assumption then what is your thought on this. Following Questions arises

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a) How do will tiger do against group of lions. Is their any chance of surviving solitary tiger just like leopard? We know that tiger can not run faster than lions, we know they can not climb up tree, we know that the tiger has no chance of surviving against gang of lions if caught alone.

b) If some how they able to survive, what tactics they will adopt?

c) What animal they hunt most out of the available prey in African plains ? Will they compete for same food as the lion ?

d) How they will do against their other competitor like spotted hyena clan?

2. African Lion living in Indian dense forest along with Bengal Tiger or in cold climate of Russia far east with Amur tigers? Along with that they have to face sloth bear, dhole, pack of Indian wolfs in India. In Russia they have other competitor like big brown bear and Pack of wolfs.

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a) A pride of African lion is too much in any place for any land animals. Given that tiger is already there and well equipped with that environment they will probably dominant lions at beginning, but with time when lion start adopting the place, they will mostly dominate the region if they manage to live in pride or in gang.

b) What will be the lions tactics in Indian forest along with tiger, leopard, and sloth bear to compete for the same prey and same area ?

c) What will be their most targeted prey in India ?

This is not Vs debate, and it is for wild Lion and Tiger only. This produce a good opportunity to test put your knowledge of lion and tiger beyond fighting. Basically you need to explain your thoughts by giving proper reasons.
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  Seal pups bludgeoned to death in Namibia
Posted by: Sully - 07-29-2017, 02:38 AM - Forum: Aquatic Animals and Amphibians - Replies (2)
Absolutely disgusting, hard to watch honestly. How it is legal is honestly beyond me. It takes a lot to get me angry but this really got me riled up.
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Posted by: epaiva - 07-29-2017, 12:40 AM - Forum: Prehistoric animals - Replies (5)
Barbourofelis is an extinct genus of large, predatory, feliform carnivoran mammals of the family Barbourofelidae (false saber-tooth cats). The genus was endemic to North America during the Miocene until its extinction during the Pliocene, living from 13.6—5.3 Ma and existing for approximately 8.3 million years. First two pictures belong to Barbourofelis loveorum (Barbourofelis loveorum Baskin 1981) measurements head and body length excluding the tail 1,6 m, height at the shoulders 85 cm and estimated weight of 50 to 100 kg. Pictures 3 and 4 belong to the largest Barbourofelis Barbourofelis fricki (Barbourofelis fricki Schultz & Martin, 1970)
The largest species known as Barbourofelis fricki was living in North America, having reached the size of a modern lion, but has superior in weight, due to its unusually strong physique. It had a very robust constitution and largest individuals of B. fricki are thought to weight up to 300 kg. it had a height of 90 cm and estimated weight of 180 to 300 kg.

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