Friday, May 26, 2006

See You Never, Alli... Allig... Gever. :(

Thanks to my best friend in Portland, Maine, Lindsay, who just forwarded this really startling piece of information to me:

Vicious Dog Pack kills Gator In Florida

At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty. The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the "apex predator" in it's natural eco-system, can still fall victim to implemented 'team work' strategy, made possible due to the tight knit social structure and "survival of the fittest pack mentality", bred into the canines over the last several hundreds of years by natural selection.

See the attached remarkable photograph courtesy of Nature Magazine ..Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator preventing it from breathing, while the remainder of the pack prevents the beast from rolling. Not for the squeamish! We strongly recommend that you preview this privately before determining if a younger audience views the below contents...

(click to enlarge... worth it!)

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