Predator and prey relationships have long existed on earth even before humans came to be on it.
Mother Nature sure knows how to work it that way. She starts by building organism after organism, letting them nurture themselves and develop according to their own environmental needs. Of course, this also pertains to hunting for food, or looking for it.
There are different kinds of animals that eat different kinds of things. But one thing is certain in the animal kingdom: There will always be smaller creatures that will end up as food of bigger ones. This phenomenon is actually called the food chain. Predators exist at varying levels of this food chain. But that predator could also be the prey of another predator which is higher up on the chain. Well, such is life!
And in the evolution of the world, there have been some developments in ecological relationships. Some strange or interesting predator-prey relationships were produced over the years, that's why we can now clearly identify which animal hunts or eats which creature.
So, if you think you're good at identifying such creatures, why not give this quiz a try. Hop in!
The lion is not the king of the jungle for nothing. Zebras beware!
A black bear can easily catch salmon in running waters with its claws. Now that's expert fishing!
A fox always catches a rabbit. That's why hunters like keeping them nearby when hunting.
Hyenas can easily eat up an antelope. They can do it individually or in hunting packs.
A jaguar is a stealthy hunter of the wild. Anteaters could often be caught in its path.
A polar bear may look harmless, but it's not. Ask any seal that swims away from it!
Grizzly bears are cute and cuddly-looking, but they are deadly. They won't respect any human along their path, so beware of its wrath!
The cat and mouse chase is the most classic example of the predator and prey. Although it's also an example that the predator doesn't literally eat its prey all the way -- the tortured hunt is enough sometimes.
A cheetah can easily tear a gazelle apart. It uses its claws and teeth in the process.
A great white shark can easily overpower a sea otter. That's just how life rolls ...
A Canadian lynx knowns how to lure the snowshoe hare. They have evolved together as predator and prey over the decades.
Bald eagles can easily spot a running raccoon. They have their own version of the cat-and-mouse thing going there.
The small krill serves as appetizers to the huge, huge humpback whale. Life really isn't fair...
Coyotes can also outrun their prey. That's why it can catch up with a bobcat.
A fast hunter like a wolf can easily tackle a huge moose. No kidding!
A piranha, while a fish, could easily overpower a huge rodent like the capybara. Hey, don't underestimate those fangs with those scales!
Even monkeys can't outwit or outlast leopards. Stealth is wealth!
Arctic foxes often hunt for lemmings. It's a carnivorous world out there!
A barn owl has a diverse diet, actually. It can eat a shrew, a crab, fish or even small animals.
Komodo dragons can actually eat one whole pig alive! Or maybe it puts up a fight, then the rest is digestion history...
A gray wolf can easily bite an elk when it hunts one. Poor elk...
Blue jays are known to eat insects. They're quite low maintenance.
Snakes can easily paralyze their prey with their venom first. Then, they have this habit of swallowing, not chewing. Sorry, blue jays!
A hawk can easily spy its prey with its great vision. Beware, snakes!
A crocodile can snap up almost anything on its path. Wolves who make the mistake of trying to attack one will certainly lose this battle.
The jackal can actually hunt for many types of prey. The deer is easy enough, and so is an antelope or any rodent out there.
Spider wasps are indeed a different kind of wasp. They specialize in eating spiders.
The Oriental garden lizard is huge enough to swallow a typical gecko without a fight. It's a lizard to lizard battle, y'all!
Killer whales can eat other huge water creatures because, well, they kill! Sorry octopuses of the underworld.
Ospreys have developed feet according to their evolutionary needs. They can hold onto slippery fishes when hunting. Fancy that!
The wolverine is a real animal, yes. And it can eat larger or smaller animals such as the caribou.
The platypus likes to search underwater, like really deep down, when hunting for prey. Snails and company, beware!
The Venus flytrap is a scary plant that eats meat, like flies and other unfortunate creatures. Hey, that might be karmic evolution there...
American robins are not shy about eating small insects. Grasshoppers, beware!
A ladybug, no matter how small, can also eat smaller creatures. Its usual prey is the aphid, considered as pests in farm plantations.
A puma can easily take down a lamb. The same applies for the bigger sheep.
A toad's usual diet consists of many things. But yes, slugs are easily accessible, because they move slower.
Contrary to popular belief, anteaters don't eat just ants. They eat termites, too.
Bobcats are also part of the family of roaring cats. Yep, the non-domesticated kind.
Yep, whether we like it or not, we humans are also predators. In fact, we're the kind that's on top of the food chain, y'all!