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PantheraMan


I do not consider myself a brony, but I like the show. I'm also passionate about animals, both living and extinct and I just like talking with other people about them and teaching about them.

Nov
17th
2021

The Dhole and the Tiger: A Follow Up · 12:51am Nov 17th, 2021

Over two years ago, you might remember that I wrote a blog post about the old historical stories of dholes killing tigers.

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May
11th
2021

Story: "Hunter" · 10:22pm May 11th, 2021

This is a short story I thought I'd write up. Feedback is appreciated!

Hunter

Gabriel Smedley

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Apr
8th
2021

Hunting the Mountain Lion: Not all it Seems · 12:08am Apr 8th, 2021

The big cats are supreme hunters. Their keen senses allow them to track prey and their paws let them move through the land without making a single sound, one could pass by a bobcat and they wouldn't even know it. Despite this, they face their own set of challenges. In Asia, tigers are poached for their fur and bones and lions in Africa also have to put up with poaching for their bones and paws. All of them get into conflict with local people over attacks and livestock and on people. In North

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Mar
26th
2021

Black Bear vs Wild Hog · 7:52pm Mar 26th, 2021

Now, this is something you don't see every day. Especially since 95% of a black bear's diet consists of plant matter. Now that the bears are emerging from hibernation they're hungry and will eat whatever's available to them, and in this case, a wild hog is this bear's choice.

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Mar
14th
2021

How to Control The Prey · 3:00am Mar 14th, 2021

The relationship between predator and prey is one of the most fascinating aspects of nature. this relationship is an arms race, with the predators getting better at catching and killing the prey, and the prey getting better at escaping and avoid the predators. Through their act of hunting prey, the predators control the populations of the prey animals which keeps them from becoming overpopulated and eating too many plants. With predation, naturally, you get a yearly reduction in the population

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Mar
12th
2021

Cave Lions...What The? · 1:53am Mar 12th, 2021

Imagine if you could enter the mammoth's realm. A place of freezing temperatures and wide-open spaces. Massive herds of bison, camels, and horses grazing on the oceans of grass. Now imagine something in the grass, looking for weakness, what would appear to be a lion...but not quite. Meet the Cave Lion "Panthera spalaea". Cave Lions were a species of big cat ranging from Western Europe all the way to Canada that, contrary to what the name would suggest, did not live in caves nor was it actually

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Nov
27th
2020

Why Leopards don't live in Sumatra · 9:38pm Nov 27th, 2020

Of all the Panthera cats, the leopard is by far the most adaptable. They have the largest distribution of the Panthera cats, ranging from South Africa all the way to the Russian Far East, but there's one part of the leopards range that's really weird: Indonesia. Java is home to a critically endangered population of leopards that are genetically distinct from leopards in mainland Asia, yet the nearby island of Sumatra has no leopards roaming its jungles at all. In 2017, a paper was published

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Nov
26th
2020

Not So Friendly Relatives · 12:01am Nov 26th, 2020

In a large portion of their ranges across Asia, tigers and leopards often end up having to share their home ranges with each other as well as their prey, and in nature the bigger cats are dominant over the smaller ones, which means that the leopard is the one that has to be subordinate to the tiger. In one place located in the Himalayan foothills leopard densities decreased following an increase in tiger populations and when tigers were reintoduced into Sariska National Park, India it was

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Oct
11th
2020

Dholes, an odd pack hunter · 3:38am Oct 11th, 2020

Nature, like the human world, has rules in terms of adaptations. One of them is the "Cost of Carnivory Rule" which says when a predator is 46 lbs in weight it can no longer live off of small prey alone, it has to hunt big prey hence why you don't see tigers being specialist hare hunters or spotted hyenas only eating meerkats. This got me thinking about my favorite wild canid, the dhole because the maximum weight for a dhole is 44 lbs and averages about 36 lbs, so they aren't quite at the weight

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Jun
10th
2020

The Sabertooth Files: Dinofelis · 6:39pm Jun 10th, 2020

Imagine that you wake up from sleeping in and not caring what your boss says and you find yourself in a patchwork of woodlands and grasslands, and the first animals you see are wildebeest and impala, you think to yourself "Okay I'm in Africa wait......how did I even get here!?". You hear rumbling sounds behind you, and when you turn around you see elephants walking past you, but these are not elephants you're familiar with. The elephants you see have tusks under their jaws and now you think to

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