Incredible Footage Shows Jaguar Pouncing On Caiman In River 10 Feet Below
The footage shows the moment a jaguar leaps 10 feet from a tree onto the back of a caiman, before taking it out of the water it was swimming in.
Wildlife photographer Kevin Dooley, 58, said the jaguar 'never failed to break its gaze' from the caiman which was in a river below in Pantanal, Brazil.
After an hour of waiting, Kevin said the cat 'which kept as quiet as anything for the entire time' before it pounced on the caiman as the croc eventually swam towards the tree.
He said: "It was amazing to watch. The jaguar jumped into the water and wrestled with the caiman, eventually killing it.
"He then dragged it up the tree, as though it had got his dinner. It left me speechless, the jaguar never failed to break its gaze from the caiman in the river, I couldn't believe it all happened in front of me."
The photographer added: "They both struggled for around 10 minutes but the jaguar killed it. I was in a boat on the river when this happened, we stopped it to watch it all take place.
"The jaguar didn't move that whole time and just watched every movement of the caiman, he never took his eyes off it."
Kevin, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, US captured these rare pictures whilst touring the area in a boat.
He continued: "It is one of those things that you hope doesn't happen when you are resting your arms with the camera, because I was watching it through a lens the whole time.
"I have honestly never seen anything like it, and I have been taking pictures of animals for a very long time."
It's not the first incredible caiman fight he's caught on camera.
In another terrifying but fascinating video, a massive battle commences between a 29ft-long anaconda snake and takes on the 6ft-long crocodile in a fight to the death in the same Brazilian wetlands.
Caimans can grow to over eight feet, so this one may well have been a youngster. Anacondas measure an average of 15 feet, so the one caught on film was definitely bigger than the standard snake. And as you can see from the video above - when they meet, it's not pretty.
The caimans need to up their game by the look of it.
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