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Following is our collection of super amazing and curious facts and details explaining Preying. This list is intended for research in school, for college students or just to feed your brain with. Possible use cases are in quizzes, differences, homework facts legend, cover facts, and many more. But nevertheless learn why is Preying so important!

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  1. Despite being apex predators, orcas do not see humans as prey and they are even docile to them in some circumstances. There are no modern reports of fatalities caused by wild orcas.

  2. The Harpy Eagle parents prey on harder to catch food further away from the nest so that when the child eagle finally begins to hunt on its own, an abundant amount of easy to catch prey (sloths and monkeys) are available close to the nest.

  3. The reason tigers are orange is because their prey see them as green. Deer, which are the main prey of tigers, are only capable of seeing blue and green light, which effectively renders them color-blind to red. Therefore, to deer, the tigers are seen as green.

  4. Australia’s largest bird of prey, the wedge-tailed eagle, is so territorial it will attack helicopters and small planes to defend its nest sites.

  5. Killer-whale mothers often stay with their adult sons for their entire lives, sharing their prey and knowledge, & that the mother's might also play a direct role in fostering mating opportunities. They really want grand children.

  6. Owl is known for the silent flight. Where other birds have stiff feathers that make a whooshing sound when they fly, owl feathers have soft edges that allow the birds to fly silently.This is important for owls, as they can swoop down on prey without being heard.

  7. Cats have a distinct temperature preference for their food, preferring food at around 38 °C which is similar to that of a fresh kill and routinely rejecting food presented cold (which would signal to the cat that the "prey" is long dead and therefore possibly toxic or decomposing).

  8. Dragonflies are the most successful hunter on Earth, catching 95% of their prey.

  9. Cats aren’t actually “playing” with their prey. What they are actually doing, is tiring them out so that they can bite the preys nape (back of neck) without risk of being bitten or injured themselves.

  10. The Peregrine Falcon hunts by diving at 230+ mph straight down, and killing its prey on impact with a balled foot. It kills other birds with a literal falcon punch.

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Early humans hunted animals by chasing them to exhaustion. "Persistence hunting" takes advantage of humans' two legs and ability to sweat, which makes us stronger distance runners than prey.

Bomb and Drug sniffing dogs will eventually develop psychological problems if they never find any, and must occasionally be taken on dummy missions to satisfy their 'prey-drive.'

Giant anteaters do not produce any stomach acid. Instead, the combined sting venom (formic acid) found in all of the ants it eats is used to digest the prey once it is ground up and swallowed - the ants are digested in their own venom.

Male spiders give female spiders gifts of prey wrapped in silk to increase mating success. Wrapping the gift in silk prevents the female from stealing it without copulating and sometimes conceals that the gift is just random trash.

Bomb and Drug sniffing dogs will eventually develop psychological problems if they never find any, and must occasionally be taken on dummy missions to satisfy their 'prey-drive.'

Half-Life, Metal Gear Solid, Goldeneye, Fallout, Banjo-Kazooie, Prey (which would not be released for another 9 years), and Duke Nukem Forever (which would not be released for another 14 years) were all revealed at E3 1997 over the span of three days

Moles have worm "larders" where they keep up to 1000 worms. Their saliva paralyses the worms and they store their still-living prey for later consumption.

Alligators in Louisiana have learned to balance sticks on their snouts specifically during egret and heron nesting season, when the birds are actively searching for nest materials. This is the first known case of predators using lures based on seasonal prey behavior.

Cats will make a unique chirping sound when they get frustrated about prey they can see but cannot catch.

Dragonflies have a high power/weight ratio, and have been documented accelerating at 4 G linearly and 9 G in sharp turns while pursuing prey.

Eagle's can view something the size of a rabbit from 3 miles away. They see more colors than humans, and can also see in the UV range of light (allowing them to see the urine trail of prey)

The speed of a hairy frogfish’s bite is the result of a vacuum in its mouth that can suck in its prey in just 1/6000th of a second. It’s so fast that even slow-motion video struggles to capture it. It has the fastest bite in the animal kingdom.

Blue Whales can expend upto 1900 calories to take a single bite, and if its prey is densely packed enough it could take in about 2 million calories.

Grasshopper Mice have adaptation to turn scorpion venom into a pain-killer. They now prey on scorpions.

Tigers are the only predators known to regularly prey on adult bears

The Dragonfly is one of the most skilled predators on the planet being absolutely lethal to other insects, missing only one prey in twenty.

Before wolves evolved into dogs, they worked together with humans hunting game. Wolves were superior trackers but humans superior killers, so wolves would lead humans to prey and would get some of the meat as reward.

Dragonflies are one of the most efficient killers in nature, capturing their prey more than 95% of the time.

When the Champawat Tigress, a Bengal tiger responsible for the deaths of over 436 people was killed, it was discovered that it's canine teeth were broken. This had prevented it from hunting it's natural prey.

A snake's heart can move around its body to protect it from harm when it's eaten large prey

Thylacine (aka Tasmanian Tigers), which were hunted to extinction because people believed to them to prey on farmers' sheep and poultry, had jaws so weak that they couldn't kill anything larger than a possum.

The tiny garish Crucifix Toad secretes a glue to catch insect prey that has been found to be the strongest non-toxic adhesive known, works irrespective of temperature or moisture while remaining flexible and porous, and has exciting new applications in medicine, as it is 'highly biocompatible'.

The reason cats and snakes have vertical pupils is because it increases their depth perception while hunting at night while prey animals such as sheep have horizontal pupils so that they may have a panoramic view of their surroundings to watch for predators

When a cat brings back dead animals, it is actually acting out its natural role as mother and teacher. Human owner's represent the cat's surrogate family and they are teaching us how to catch and eat prey, just as they would teach their young in the wild.

Jaguars have such powerful jaws that they kill their prey by biting into the brain directly through the skull.