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Watch Jaguars Play ‘Tug Of War’ With 10ft Anaconda

We’re in Brazil and tourists watch on as a mother jaguar pulls an anaconda out of the river in front of them, only for her nearby cub to start playing tug of war with it! Not something you see every day 👇

The footage was captured in the Pantanal, a natural region encompassing the world’s largest tropical wetland area in Brazil and neighbouring Bolivia and Paraguay.


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A British tourist named Emma Greenwood photographed the event, telling Mail Online that, “Jaguars are very secretive when they get a kill and take it away into the bushes. But this adult and her cub were on the beach for quite a while.”

“It looked to me like the mother was tolerating the cub, which was playing around with it. Maybe she was letting the cub practice its killing technique.”

Anacondas are some of the largest snakes in the world, with the green anaconda (Eunectes murinus) being, pound for pound, the largest. In this case, it’s likely a yellow anaconda, a slightly smaller cousin to the green anaconda, but they still have the capability of reaching over 15ft in length.

These jaguars need all the anaconda they can get with population trends decreasing as they face a number of threats, including habitat fragmentation and illegal killing.