Re: Repost On Predation..

J. Moore (
Mon, 30 Oct 95 11:07:00 -0500

JM> hominid population. They would've faced water-based predators which,
JM> as has been shown in previous posts, are numerous, vicious, and do not
JM> respond to bluff and even counterattack as readily as do land-based
JM> mammalian predators. We also have no appropriate model for such a

IB> Is it really true that crocs are so fearless and never run
IB> away? They can't be that stupid as to be able to fight back
IB> even when attacked.

"However, the accounts of fatal attacks by large Nile Crocodiles -- 23
of the 43 attacks investigated -- indicate that these crocodiles were
extremely aggressive and ferocious. There were several instances where
crocodiles, having seized their victim, were either repeatedly stabbed
with spears or knives, beaten with sticks, pelted with stones, or had
sticks rammed down their gullets in order to prise the human victims
from their jaws...but to no avail. In these attacks few bodies or
remains were retrieved. Considering that a large Nile Crocodile may
weight [sic] up to fourteen times that of an average human and can seize
and drown Cape buffaloes as heavy as themselves, a human being, out of
his or her element in the water, has little chance of surviving such an
attack". (Poole et al., 1989: 176-177 "Crocodilians and Humans: Attacks
on Humans" by A.C. (Tony) Pooley, Tommy C. Hines, and John Shield.
In *Crocodiles and Alligators*. Facts on File: New York and Oxford.)

IB> Are you suggesting that this is only in water? If so, no problem as
IB> long as it is smaller than the croc, it won't be afraid
IB> especially if it's hungry.

This last paragraph is, as commonly seen in IB's posts, complete

Jim Moore (

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