The Crucial Pounce

 

Here are photos of a coyote getting read to pounce, and then various pounces. The pounce involves a high leap — at times much higher than at other times — to give extra force to the initial blow it uses to disable its prey. I’m not sure if this includes an actual bite or just a very sharp blow.  I do know that this initial blow is the crucial one if the prey is going to be caught. In the last photo, the coyote has had to bury its nose deep into the burrow to grab its prey.

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