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Rare Pictures: Crocodile Attacks Elephant .
.nationalgeographic ^

Posted on 11/13/2010 3:02:02 PM PST by JoeProBono

Although elephants are very unusual prey for Nile crocodiles, the 20-foot-long (6-meter-long) reptiles will occasionally ambush and take down large animals—including dozens of people annually, experts say.


TOPICS: Pets/Animals
KEYWORDS: crocodile
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1 posted on 11/13/2010 3:02:09 PM PST by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

I thought I was going to see pictures of Obama biting Hillary’s arse.


2 posted on 11/13/2010 3:04:14 PM PST by hflynn (The One has been reduced to the Zero)
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To: JoeProBono

Ouch


3 posted on 11/13/2010 3:07:39 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's Easy! Use FR to Pimp Your Blog!)
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To: JoeProBono

“I hate it when that happens.”


4 posted on 11/13/2010 3:09:06 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Go Packers!)
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To: JoeProBono

Who won?


5 posted on 11/13/2010 3:09:11 PM PST by Chickensoup
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To: JoeProBono

Heh. Wonder if crocodiles are smart enough to think the equivalent of “Oh, crap, I didn’t expect this.”


6 posted on 11/13/2010 3:10:21 PM PST by November 2010
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To: JoeProBono

Don’t mess with elephants. That crocodile is lucky it didn’t get stomped flat.


7 posted on 11/13/2010 3:11:11 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: JoeProBono

A similar situation must have been the inspiration of Kipling’s “Elephant’s Child” in his “Just So Stories.”


8 posted on 11/13/2010 3:11:24 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Chickensoup

9 posted on 11/13/2010 3:11:31 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono
take down large animals—including dozens of people annually

So National Geographic considers people to be animals these days? Idiots.

10 posted on 11/13/2010 3:12:06 PM PST by Moltke (panem et circenses)
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To: HokieMom

11 posted on 11/13/2010 3:13:48 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono
Shame on Nat Geo - their caption says; "See which animal comes out alive" and then has no follow up and doesn't complete the story.

There is a baby in one of the pictures that ends up on the ground with the croc. I hope that didn't turn out bad for the calf.

12 posted on 11/13/2010 3:15:56 PM PST by Baynative ( 11 / 2 / 2010 !!!)
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To: Chickensoup
See the full video here.
13 posted on 11/13/2010 3:15:56 PM PST by The KG9 Kid
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To: JoeProBono

The Elephant’s Child—who was full of insatiable curiosity...


14 posted on 11/13/2010 3:17:33 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: The KG9 Kid

OK, very funny!

It was...


15 posted on 11/13/2010 3:18:12 PM PST by Chickensoup
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To: The KG9 Kid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQhYPAeXauQ


16 posted on 11/13/2010 3:18:59 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Oh the humanity ping! Or not.


17 posted on 11/13/2010 3:23:38 PM PST by ColdOne (Repeal HealthCare......Just say NO!)
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To: Baynative
Oh, it's pretty much a foregone conclusion which died immediately. Simple physics and an appreciation of large beasts will tell you that elephants know f=m*v. As do longhorn and angus bulls. Down in their bones.

I hope the elephant survived the infection from the bite.

/johnny

18 posted on 11/13/2010 3:23:49 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JoeProBono

The salted peanuts will sting for a few months. Yeesh!


19 posted on 11/13/2010 3:31:05 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: JRandomFreeper

20 posted on 11/13/2010 3:31:49 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono
File:Lake placid ver2.jpg
21 posted on 11/13/2010 3:34:19 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Moltke
So National Geographic considers people to be animals these days?

So what, do you think they're plants?

22 posted on 11/13/2010 3:38:01 PM PST by NonZeroSum
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To: ETL

What a Croc! Sorry, I could not resist.


23 posted on 11/13/2010 3:38:44 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: JoeProBono
I carefully didn't say anything about the calf, because a) it's a bull and b) calves die and c) some folks don't like to think about that.

/johnny

24 posted on 11/13/2010 3:39:12 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ETL

25 posted on 11/13/2010 3:42:59 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: The KG9 Kid

LOL


26 posted on 11/13/2010 3:45:50 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: JoeProBono

Poor planning on the croc’s part.


27 posted on 11/13/2010 3:46:08 PM PST by Celtic Cross (I AM the Impeccable Hat.)
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To: JoeProBono

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocodilia

28 posted on 11/13/2010 3:55:49 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

29 posted on 11/13/2010 3:59:48 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: HokieMom

Immediately thought of Ruyard Kipling’s Just So stories and pulled my teens to see the picture and said “How the elephant got it’s trunk” but they all started talking about how the Rhino got it’s skin!


30 posted on 11/13/2010 4:05:23 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: JoeProBono

31 posted on 11/13/2010 4:08:48 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: JoeProBono

hehehe


32 posted on 11/13/2010 4:08:51 PM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: JoeProBono

33 posted on 11/13/2010 4:10:03 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Domestic Church

The Limpopo River!


34 posted on 11/13/2010 4:11:42 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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35 posted on 11/13/2010 4:12:16 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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36 posted on 11/13/2010 4:12:48 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: JoeProBono

37 posted on 11/13/2010 4:15:30 PM PST by LRS ("This is silly! It can't be! It can't be!!" "Oh yes it is! I said you wouldn't know the joint.")
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To: JRandomFreeper
Nope! The croc did not die.

As you click on each of the photos, the story unfolds in the extended captions below them. Here are a few excerpts from the last 2 photo captions....

During the attack, the elephants were able to move away from the water with the crocodile still hanging on to the adult
.....guides in the Zambian park had never before seen such an encounter.
Even for the formidable Nile crocodile, bringing down an elephant is no easy task, suggesting the ambush may have been an act of desperation or a simple mistake, according to Don Boyer, San Diego Zoo's curator of herpetology.
[One obvious explanation they omitted: The croc forgot to put in his contact lenses that morning. This kind of thing happens to me all the time]
"Predators can make mistakes," Boyer said. "They can take on something and then say, Wow, hindsight is 20/20, and this was a big mistake."
This particular clash of the titans had a happy ending.except perhaps for the hungry crocodile.
"The elephant managed to turn, but the croc was still hanging on," photographer Nyfeler said. "Then the little baby somehow stumbled over the croc, and the croc released the elephant.
"The croc went back into the water, and both elephants just ran away."

38 posted on 11/13/2010 4:26:14 PM PST by CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC (If my kids make a mistake in the voting booth, I don't want them punished with a community organizer)
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To: CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC
Lucky croc. Crazy Red or Crazy Angus would have just stayed there and danced a little stomp number on it's head. But they were bulls (longhorn and angus), and momma had a baby to take care of.

At the risk of sounding like the crazy uncle: I once built a shack in a 3 acre pasture that I had to share with 2 mature bulls. We reached an agreement. And black bears and cougars never cracked open my little shack to get the goodies inside.

/johnny

39 posted on 11/13/2010 4:36:38 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: November 2010
I saw some Nat Geo footage a few years ago of a couple of lions trying to take down a juvenile elephant. The skin was to tough for the lions to inflict much more than some superficial scratches. The baby elephant was screaming bloody murder,then Mommy showed up. She looked and sounded like a M-1 Abrams coming out of the bush. The look from the lions was priceless. “ Oh S***! Feet don't fail me now”
40 posted on 11/13/2010 4:44:54 PM PST by Polynikes (Haakkaa Paalle)
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To: ETL

In an technique similar to putting a “twitch” on a horse, albeit at the opposite end of the animal; notice the guy has a firm grip on the Croc’s scrotum! As the saying goes, “If you get a guy by the ba!!s, his heart and mind will follow!”


41 posted on 11/13/2010 4:51:42 PM PST by Tucker39
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I think that crock is gay. Look at the big smile on his face.


42 posted on 11/13/2010 5:07:26 PM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ColdOne

“Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea...”


43 posted on 11/13/2010 5:25:41 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: JoeProBono
Those wascally cwocs! Always popping up when you least expect them!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU8DDYz68kM
44 posted on 11/13/2010 5:39:48 PM PST by fr_freak
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To: JoeProBono

SUPERCROC!

45 posted on 11/13/2010 6:05:17 PM PST by Third Person (Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.)
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To: Third Person

[Supercroc, AKA Sarcosuchus imperator!]

46 posted on 11/13/2010 6:16:42 PM PST by Third Person (Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday.)
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To: JoeProBono
Incredible images!


47 posted on 11/13/2010 6:20:39 PM PST by Daffynition ("Life Imitates Bacon, but Bacon does not imitate Life. Bacon IS life." ~paulycy)
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To: JoeProBono

Would have been a happier ending if Mrs. Jumbo had stomped the shiite out of the croc, rather than letting it slip back into the water.


48 posted on 11/13/2010 6:20:46 PM PST by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: CardCarryingMember.VastRightWC
During the attack, the elephants were able to move away from the water with the crocodile still hanging on to the adult
.....guides in the Zambian park had never before seen such an encounter.
Even for the formidable Nile crocodile, bringing down an elephant is no easy task, suggesting the ambush may have been an act of desperation or a simple mistake, according to Don Boyer, San Diego Zoo's curator of herpetology.
[One obvious explanation they omitted: The croc forgot to put in his contact lenses that morning. This kind of thing happens to me all the time]
"Predators can make mistakes," Boyer said. "They can take on something and then say, Wow, hindsight is 20/20, and this was a big mistake."
This particular clash of the titans had a happy ending.except perhaps for the hungry crocodile.
"The elephant managed to turn, but the croc was still hanging on," photographer Nyfeler said. "Then the little baby somehow stumbled over the croc, and the croc released the elephant.
"The croc went back into the water, and both elephants just ran away."

Sounds like a Democrat's attack on a Republican - they forget the power of the little guys....

But, of course, Democrats are crocks (sic)...

49 posted on 11/13/2010 6:52:13 PM PST by azhenfud (The government is not best which secures life and property-there is a more valuable thing-manhood.)
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To: Third Person

I’ve seen that rendering before and have always thought the tail doesn’t have a correct taper given the body size of the animal. Maybe I’m wrong, but the proportional relationship is totally off...


50 posted on 11/13/2010 6:56:49 PM PST by azhenfud (The government is not best which secures life and property-there is a more valuable thing-manhood.)
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