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Next Up 5th seed Serval (Leptailurus serval) vs. 12th seed Rock-Wallaby (Petrogale mareeba) #2019MMM
Servals are the maned wolves of the felidae- with the longest legs relative to body size & very big ears. #BetterToHearYou #AndPounceYouWith #2019MMM
These hearing and skeletal adaptations are the mark of a fierce killing machine... #2019MMM
of TINY RODENTS!
Over 90% of the serval's prey weigh less than 0.5lbs!
#2019MMM
The 10lb rock-wallabies are the "unique and beautiful acrobats of the marsupial world" which is saying A LOT (-Australian Government) #2019MMM
(this is a yellow-footed rock wallaby)
Known for rapid-fire ping-ponging around rock tumbles and cliffs, rock-wallabies always keep these retreat spaces nearby while foraging. (Handbook of the Mammals of the World) #2019MMM (too fast for pics)
Outside Mareeba, Queensland Granite Gorge Nature Park Tourists can feed habituated rock wallabies. This increases wallaby activity during daytime hours, but that activity prevents wallabies from gaining extra weight from the extra food (Hodgson et al. 2004) #2019MMM
"You stare at her & HER JOEY…and she just stares right back... #2019MMM
"...And that's when the attack comes. Not from the front, but from the side. From the two rock wallabies that you didn't even know were there."
AND THEY STEAL THE FOOD RIGHT OUT OF YOUR POCKET!
#2019MMM
(pics by ME!)
Tonight's battle takes place in KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg, South Africa #2019MMM
Ongoing veld-burning practices to support agriculture reduce rodent availability; servals increasingly rely on bite-sized pygmy mice (Ramesh & Downs 2014) #2019MMM
Serval sits quietly near a burrow twitching ears listening for the scrapes & scampers of tiny rodent feet. #2019MMM
From 12 feet away, serval hears a scratch AND LAUNCHES! #2019MMM
Dropping from 3 feet of air, serval delivers a paw punch to WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU?!?!?!? #CrouchingMacropodHiddenWallaby #2019MMM
The startled rock-wallaby springs straight up, again kicking powerfully in midair! #2019MMM
Wallaby midair kicks into the back-end of the serval who is already fleeing from this startling macropod encounter! #2019MMM #RunAway
ROCK WALLABY DEFEATS SERVAL!!!!! #2019MMM
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