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Spin_Drift
02-05-2010, 05:39 AM
The extraordinary scene was captured by photography student Casey Gutteridge at the Santago Rare
Leopard Project in Hertfordshire , England . The 19-year-old, photographing the leopard for a course
project, was astounded by the mouse's behavior.
He said had no idea where the mouse came from. He just appeared after the keeper had dropped in
the meat for the leopard. Taking no notice of the leopard, the mouse went straight over to the meat
and started eating.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Animals/leopardandmouse.jpg
Seemingly unaware of the beast towering over it, the tiny rodent grabbed at scraps of meat thrown into
the African Leopard's enclosure. But instead of pouncing on the tiny intruder, the 12-year-old leopard,
Sheena, kept her distance. After a few minutes she tried to nudge the mouse away with her nose, but
the determined little guy kept chewing away until he was full.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Animals/leopardandmouse2.jpg
Even when the leopard bent down and sniffed him, the mouse just carried on eating like nothing
had happened. Even the keeper said he'd never seen anything like it before.

http://i202.photobucket.com/albums/aa111/Spin_Drift/Animals/leopardandmouse3.jpg

huisjen
02-05-2010, 06:37 AM
Actually, it's a rat.

This last year I've been finding them less than cute.

Dan

cookie
02-05-2010, 06:44 AM
Pretty awesome still.

Nothing cute about leopards either btw.....

George Ray
02-05-2010, 07:47 AM
thanks a lot for sharing this ....

Some, but not all animals will kill anything they find threatening, or inconvenient. Except in the cases where immediate survival is an issue such as needing food or not wanting to be food, it would seem to be a calculation of relative value of different life forms. Sophisticated tool use, communication or socialization skills do not seem to be an indicator of sophisticated interspecies relational ability or empathy.

elf
02-05-2010, 08:42 AM
Hmm. I thought mice weren't carnivores. Guess I'd better do some research.

I see Google asserts they're omnivores. Interesting.

Phillip Allen
02-05-2010, 09:14 AM
Hmm. I thought mice weren't carnivores. Guess I'd better do some research.

I see Google asserts they're omnivores. Interesting.

WHAT?! Didn't you ever read The Pit and the Pendulum?

Spin_Drift
02-05-2010, 01:33 PM
You're welcome. I thought the pictures and the subject matter very unusual and beautiful.

Dan, you are right. It does look like a rat judging by the tail. We too had a problem with them on our farm (in Finland) because of all chicken food and the grain for the horses, etc...

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Spin_Drift
02-05-2010, 07:26 PM
Thanks for the PM.... :)

Tristan
02-05-2010, 07:34 PM
You don't understand. That's a trained attack mouse!

Harbormaster
02-05-2010, 07:35 PM
You've seen these pictures too?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1246886/Pictured-Three-cheetahs-spare-tiny-antelopes-life--play-instead.html

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/01/29/article-1246886-07F4E916000005DC-834_964x540.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/01/29/article-1246886-07F4E5E7000005DC-780_964x437.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/01/29/article-1246886-07F4E8DE000005DC-817_964x757.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/01/29/article-1246886-07F4E5FA000005DC-825_964x372.jpg

Breakaway
02-05-2010, 07:50 PM
WHAT?! Didn't you ever read The Pit and the Pendulum?

Or see the movie Willard? I 've had them do a number on wiring in the past. I guess the OMNI in omnivore covers it all. Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

Spin_Drift
02-05-2010, 08:06 PM
You've seen these pictures too?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1246886/Pictured-Three-cheetahs-spare-tiny-antelopes-life--play-instead.html



Wonderful....Thank you...The article was very interesting too...

:)

seafox
02-06-2010, 06:25 AM
gosh I just hope the lepards and that antelope don't live in a democeracy and vote on whats fr supper I am fearfull the antelope might be out voted

edited to add those are very wonderful photos. I was a photojournalest in college and I still remember the times I didn't have the camera ready.... and other times when the shots were just a hair out of focus

cookie
02-06-2010, 07:07 AM
You've seen these pictures too?
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1246886/Pictured-Three-cheetahs-spare-tiny-antelopes-life--play-instead.html

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/01/29/article-1246886-07F4E916000005DC-834_964x540.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/01/29/article-1246886-07F4E5E7000005DC-780_964x437.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/01/29/article-1246886-07F4E8DE000005DC-817_964x757.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2010/01/29/article-1246886-07F4E5FA000005DC-825_964x372.jpg

Wow! Last time I saw cats and antelopes together, the cat was eating the antilope :rolleyes:

Tristan
02-06-2010, 01:36 PM
Well, in the third photo down he's TASTING the antelope. His mother must have told him now to just wolf down his meal.:D

Spin_Drift
02-07-2010, 03:24 AM
Well, in the third photo down he's TASTING the antelope. His mother must have told him now to just wolf down his meal.:D

I thought the same. That lick is too close for comfort. :eek:

PeterSibley
02-07-2010, 06:42 AM
Thanks , quite amazing !

Sam F
02-07-2010, 08:45 AM
Toxoplasmosis

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/1139/parasite-gives-rats-suicidal-cat-attraction

Paul Pless
02-07-2010, 08:49 AM
Toxoplasmosis

http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/news/1139/parasite-gives-rats-suicidal-cat-attraction

I believe there to be factual errors in that article.

Sam F
02-07-2010, 08:51 AM
There's a lot of factual errors in that article.

OK. Enlighten me please.
How about this one?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasmosis

Though this did seem a bit odd:
"Toxoplasma only reproduces in the gut of cats."

Paul Pless
02-07-2010, 08:53 AM
This for one. . .
Toxoplasma only reproduces in the gut of cats.I haven't read the wiki article.

Sam F
02-07-2010, 08:57 AM
"Toxoplasma only reproduces in the gut of cats."

This for one. . .I haven't read the wiki article.
The statement was vague...
This clarifies it:
"The life cycle of T. gondii has two phases. The sexual part of the life cycle (coccidia like) takes place only in members of the Felidae family (domestic and wild cats), which makes these animals the parasite's primary host. The asexual part of the life cycle can take place in any warm-blooded animal, like other mammals (including felines) and birds."
From:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxoplasma_gondii

David Tabor (sailordave)
02-07-2010, 04:56 PM
When I was in college a floormate had a snake. First time he went to feed it about 30 of us crowded in his room. Dropped the mouse in, the snake ignored it. Then the mouse started climbing on the snake and pawing at it's face! Finally he took the mouse out so it wouldn't hurt the snake. :eek:
Snake wasn't hungry.

But it was a few days later...:D

That's why most experts will tell you to feed dead frozen pinkies
(baby mice) to snakes. They won't get sick from some disease or get injured.

PeterSibley
02-07-2010, 05:38 PM
That's true Dave , I had mice eat the head off a live snake when I was a boy .It was too cold for that particular snake but not for the mice .

paladin
02-07-2010, 09:13 PM
mmmmm fried rattlesnake....a little flour, cornmeal, black pepper, a tiny bit of garlic powder, whipped egg and milk, fried like Kaintuckey fried seagull.....

cookie
02-08-2010, 10:22 AM
I just couldn't resist posting a picture I took in the Kalahari of cheetahs with a half eaten antelope.

http://diver.webs.com/cheetah%20001.jpg

ishmael
02-08-2010, 02:51 PM
Good photos. The leapord being friends with the springbok or whatever that is especially good. "I don't want to kill you but I'm hungry."

That said, when Catamumpous gets loose with a mouse here all hell breaks lose. It can be the kindest gentlest mouse in the world, but death is in the air. I'm going to kill you if I can catch you.

It rather striking. Maybe a domestic cat thing? They are trained/raised to that job.