Leopards and chimps...

J. Moore (j#d#.moore@canrem.com)
Tue, 3 Oct 95 15:36:00 -0500

Tk> >>Yeah, they can scare off a lone cheetah probably.
Tk> >
Tk> > Actually, they didn't "scare off" the predator--they _drove_ it
Tk> >off. The cat's choice was flee or die. It wasn't a cheetah, BTW, but
Tk> >a leopard, which just happened to be the primary predator in that
Tk> >habitat. If they could deal with it, they could deal with anything
Tk> >else they were likely to encounter.

Tk> Well.. that is if they actually "encounter" it.. or in other words see
Tk> it before it sees them. The leopard as everyone knows, is a very
Tk> stealthy predator and uses the element of surprise before it attacks
Tk> some prey. Once it is discovered, its chances of making a successful
Tk> kill diminish greatly, no matter what the animal is.
Tk> Troy

And that is probably why chimpanzees are subject to greater danger
from leopards in heavily forested areas than they are in more open

Jim Moore (j#d#.moore@canrem.com)

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