Do leopards eat zebras and lion cubs?


Yes, leopards eat zebras and lion cubs when possible. The leopard has a very wide range of prey animals and their diet is reflected in the list of prey animals available in the area where they are living. For example, ‘at least 92 prey species are recorded in the diet of sub-Saharan leopards’ (TN …

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Cat owner relies on her two cats to kill venomous huntsman spiders (video)

Huntsman spider

NEWS AND COMMENT-SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: The first point to make is that although huntsman spiders use venom to immobilise prey and can reach up to 5 inches across, based upon my careful research they do not cause harm to domestic cats who kill them and perhaps sometimes devour them. If a cat devours a huntsman …

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3 reasons why cats play with their prey, apparently torturing them

Mouse and cat

There are 3 reasons why domestic cats apparently torture their prey by playing with them. I list and discuss them here. It is a form of feline behaviour which at best irritates their human caregiver and at worst disgusts them. It does, however, provide the cat’s owner with an opportunity to save the mouse. …

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Cat eats a bird – plucking before feeding

Caracal attacking birds

When a cat eats a bird, it will sometimes pluck the bird’s feathers beforehand. That, though, is a simplistic statement because it seems that it is more complicated than that. The same or very similar methods are employed by both domestic and wild cats. This is no surprise because a domestic cat behaves like …

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What should I do if my cat brings me a mouse?

Mouse in the home

The answer to the question in the title is that you should praise your cat for her maternal generosity. You should then take the mouse from her while stroking her and complimenting her. You should then quietly dispose of the mouse if it is dead. If it is alive you should place it outside …

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Stable isotopes in cats’ whiskers tell us that domestic cats who hunt tend to leave prey uneaten

Cat with mouse at door locked out as forbidden to bring prey animals in

Stable isotopes in hair can reveal dietary protein sources. Scientists from the University of Exeter, UK, trimmed a whisker from each domestic cat participating in their study; once at the start and once at the end of the study. These domestic cats were allowed outside to hunt. They measured the stable isotope ratios in …

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