Filmed in the woodlands of Frégate Island in the Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean, this is the first documented evidence of a giant tortoise hunting a baby bird. Credit: Anna Zora. The word ‘predator’ usually conjures an image of a lion running down a gazelle, or a pod of orcas tearing apart a seal. But … Continue reading World first: Watch a deadly tortoise murdering a baby bird
Finally, some good news for cat lovers – scientists have discovered how owners can significantly reduce their felines’ lust for hunting. It’s not only deceptively simple but good for them too: feed them meat and play with them more. Feeding domestic cats a quality protein, grain-free diet reduced the number of prey they brought home … Continue reading Herding cats
Scientists may have to rethink the prevailing view that prehistoric hunting was exclusively the domain of men. The 9000-year-old remains of a young woman have been found buried with a well-stocked big game hunting toolkit at the Wilamaya Patjxa site in Peru, and subsequent analysis of 27 individuals at sites associated with big-game hunting tools … Continue reading Men hunt and women gather. But not always
The clues lie in missing paws from an ancient rock shelter. Dyani Lewis reports.
Studying raptor attack modes has implications for mechanical aerial defence. Nick Carne reports.
Eating ortolans is a French tradition, but the practice, although banned, is pushing the species to extinction. Natalie Parletta reports.
Bone analysis finds kills were made at close-quarters, possibly as ambushes. Fiona McMillan reports.
Two sets of brain cells in the mouse amygdala turn the little animals in hunting machines. Amy Middleton reports.
If the opportunity arises, insectivorous long-fingered bats can become pescatarians. Amy Middleton reports.
When it comes to humans and lions, the question of who hunts whom has always been hazy. Analysis of big cat toe bones suggest Paleolithic people slaughtered the creatures for rituals. Amy Middleton explains.
The marine mammals turned out to be among the world’s best hunters, and their strike rate surprised even those studying them. Amy Middleton reports.