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Love and War
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πŸ“Έ by @theodoremattas

Crocodile getting ready deathroll and twist the snout off of this wildebeest.

If you’ve been following us for a while you know this already, but it bears repeating – crocodiles are absolutely ruthless predators, there is no question about that.

But they juxtapose the raw brutality they exhibit towards their prey by showing the complete opposite of that to their offspring.

Crocodiles are very caring parents.

Unlike most other reptiles who just lay their eggs and get out of dodge, both mother and father crocodile will vigilantly guard their nests until their eggs hatch – they’ll even roll the eggs around in their mouth to help babies emerge from their shell.

Once their young are born, the mother carries the small ones to the water in her mouth, careful not to close her jaws fully as to not injure any of them.

Young crocodiles will stay with their mother for up to 2 years before heading out on their own.

Note: the wildebeest in the photo actually escaped.

#natureismetal

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