When nature isn’t pretty

There are times when one has to step back and be thankful that one is at the top of the food chain. Nature is cruel to everyone else, as photographer Dan Nystedt found when he was out filming the pretty part in Ontario.

He posted his video this week.

(h/t: Duluth News Tribune)

  • MrE85
    • Ralphy

      Thanks sweat glands!
      Humans cool via sweat glands, which in turn creates a healthy environment for bacteria and hence, BO.
      Other mammals cool via their tongues.

      This allowed our ancestors to be relatively successful hunters – they would drive their prey until it overheated and collapsed.

      Our BO also made us uniquely unappetizing to many larger, faster, stronger, toothier predators. They could smell us from a mile away.

      I was confronted by a puma in the BWCA a few years ago. It was remembering the above lesson (learned a long time ago at the U of M) that helped me keep my wits about me and my pants dry. It came within 3′ and growled/hissed a few times before disappearing into the woods. It didn’t want to eat me (hooray!!!), it just didn’t want me camping in it’s space.

  • fromthesidelines21

    It looked like the Wolf started getting distracted by the drone. Maybe the fight was over by then but maybe it bought the Moose a little time and space. If the wolf would have taken the moose down that was going to be a lot of work getting it to shore.

    • Jack Ungerleider

      I had the same thought about the moose staying in the water. In the first sequence with the moose going in circles, I didn’t notice the wolf clamped on to the “arm pit” area. Once he shook the wolf off, the moose made for what it hoped was deeper water.

      I’m not sure if the drone distracted the wolf or if it was a situation of the moose getting to a location where the wolf was in danger of taking on water. Once he was in the chase the wolf may have been looking for help, which wasn’t there. (Might be a young male exiled from the pack. I think that’s what happens.) In any case its a great video.

      (Shameless plug for the Science Museum, where I volunteer. A new film opens at the Omni Theater today called “Rocky Mountain Express” its about the building of Canada’s transcontinental railroad and the fight they had with the terrain in the western mountains. If you are a train aficionado like me the “star” of the film is No. 2816, the steam engine used to travel the current version of the route.)

    • Dan

      I thought that at first too, upon re-watching I changed my mind, I think that wolf only checked out the drone after it gave up. Seems like it had pretty long odds of success at any rate.

      • I thought at one point the moose was going down. Would’ve been over then.

        • fromthesidelines21

          Me too. The moose was nearly out of gas at the end. I thought it would have went for the deeper water more quickly. The wolf spent a lot of energy to miss a meal. I’m amazed it wasn’t killed or seriously hurt when it had a hold on the moose.

  • Mike Worcester

    I’m sure folks saw this vid of a bald eagle taking down (and later chowing on) a fawn in Northern Wisconsin. Nature being nature, and some times all we can do is be a spectator.


  • Dan

    Surprised to see a single wolf attack a full grown (?) moose. Wonder if the moose was unhealthy or the wolf starving. Also I’m not that well versed on typical wolf behavior.

    • jon

      At the beginning the wolf jumps and splashes in the water the same way my dog does when he is trying to convince me to play with him in water… He has done similar things when confronted with horses (and when you are a 60lb dog how much different can a horse look than a moose would look to a wolf).

      Made me wonder if my dogs play stems from old hunting DNA, or if the wolf was trying to play then after getting kicked by a moose, bit down on it’s leg to teach it a lesson about playing to rough…

      Of course I might just be projecting the whole “play” concept just because I can’t imagine a wolf taking on a moose alone in water like that, seems like a bad plan for the wolf.

  • RBHolb

    This past spring, I saw a cute little bunny in some weeds by the railroad tracks near my house. I thought “Awww, how precious.” A minute or two later, I saw a hawk circling overhead. I thought “My goodness, how majestic!”

    Then, I put two and two together and figured out the context for the whole scene.