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Mane Street
πŸ“Έ by @the_bush_baby

Two male lions trigger an impromptu traffic jam by taking down a kudu on the roadway.

As far as I know, there is zero evidence to support what I am about to say, but I’m gonna say it anyway because I believe it to be true.

It makes total sense to me, that when hunting/observing prey, lions and other predators notice things… things like this weird surface they’re subduing the kudu on. I’m willing to bet that the chase got somewhat easier when the kudu’s hooves hit the pavement.

I’m also willing to bet that this will factor into other hunts, that this knowledge might have a role to play down the line for these two. They might be more likely to chase prey towards this weird surface, as their food seem to spin their tires on it.

Pretty much all of the big ticket prey that lions hunt possess hooves, and while they are excellent for sprinting/evading predators on open savannah, they sure don’t work like that on asphalt.

It’s like having four big toenails for shoes, this material doesn’t mesh with a hard, smooth surface like a road. If it did, we’d have murdered all of the hooved animals by now and made car/truck/bike tires out of their feet, at least until a synthetic could be mass produced. That’s just how we do things.

All I’m trying to say is, if leo life hacks like this one don’t factor into their hunting strategy I would be surprised. We’ve all heard stories of coyotes and wolves coralling hooved animals onto icy lakes, which is another surface that works well for the hunter and puts the prey at a disadvantage, so would asphalt be too much of a stretch?

Maybe not…


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