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Top 10 Animals that Stalk their Prey

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Christopher Hoverd

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Top 10 Stalking Hunters
Cougar (Puma concolor)
-Stalks animals alone.

-Stalks through bushes, ledges, and trees, for the right moment to attack.
Daring Jumping Spider
(Phidippus audax)
-Once it detects potential prey, orients itself by swivelling its cephalothorax to bring the middle of its front eyes to bear.
-When it's the right moment, it will deliver a powerful leap.

-Finishes the animal with a suffocating neck bite.
Polar Bear
(Ursus maritimus)
-When prey is spotted, will walk to 90m then crouch.

-The bear then creeps to within 9m-12m before attacking.
-The Polar Bear's unequaled physical power allows for it to easily subdue and kill its prey once captured.
-When close enough, the spider pauses to attach a dragline, then springs onto the prey.
Common Seahorse
(Hippocampus kuda):
-Terrible swimmers but have excellent camouflage.

-They have a secret weapon to sneak up on their prey.
-Their snouts are shaped to create few ripples in the water effectively cloaking them as they creep up and pounce on tiny crustaceans.
Bengal Tiger (
Panthera tigris
)
-They always approach their prey the direction the wind is blowing to so that the animal will not smell them.
-Soft pads under its paws ensure that each step is soundless.

-Checks each spot for noisy twigs before it places its foot.
Great White Shark(Carcharodon carcharias)
-Spot their prey that are typically on the surface of the water.

-They then wait for the right moment to attack from below.
-They speedily rise from below at high speeds, hitting the victim mid-body.

-They go so fast that they can completely leave the water.
Gray Wolf(
Canis lupus
)
-Gray wolves attempt to conceal themselves as they approach potential prey.
-As the gap between their prey closes, the wolves quicken their pace, wag their tails, and peer intently, getting as close to their quarry as possible without making it flee.
Peregrine Falcon(Falco peregrinus)
-Once prey is spotted, the falcon keeps it centered in its view.

-They constantly train their eyes on their prey by constantly readjusting their flying position.
-By doing this, they predict their victims next location then stoop, folding back the tail and wings, with feet tucked and attack their prey.
Trumpetfish(
Aulostomus maculatus)
-Trumpetfish slowly swim behind large herbivorous fish, using the larger fish as camouflage.
-It then coils its body into an s-shape and rapidly lunging at prey when an opportune moment to strike presents itself.
American Alligator(
Alligator mississippiensis
)
-If potential prey comes by, the alligator will submerge and head closer to the animal.
-When it gets within striking distance the alligator will then lunge out of the water and snap it's jaws on any available body part.
Did You Know:
100% of all animals belonging to the Felidae family, stalk their prey.
By: Christopher Hoverd
Did You Know:
4 in 10 animals prefer to stalk their prey as their means of hunting.
Did You Know:
6 in 10 animals that stalk their prey, prefer to hunt during the night.
Did You Know:
60% of all animals that stalk their prey, stalk their prey alone.
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