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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

the Chase - pursuit predation

Watching so many different birds fly by is interesting !  .. .. but it is Animal world, where anything can happen !! 

Convict Jack Hammond stops at a gas station in Newport Beach, California, where he encounters two police officers and a young woman. When the officers receive a car radio call that indicates the car Jack is driving is stolen, he panics and kidnaps the woman. Fleeing in her car, Jack learns that his hostage is Natalie Voss, daughter of a millionaire industrialist. Two police officers pursue them in a squad car with a television crew filming a reality show. The car chase moves onto southbound Interstate 5 as Jack decides to flee to Mexico. 

That was the plot of ‘The Chase’ released in 1994 directed by Adam Rifkin and starring Charlie Sheen and Kristy Swanson. Set in California, the film follows a wrongfully convicted man who kidnaps a wealthy heiress and leads police on a lengthy car chase in an attempt to escape prison, while the news media dramatize the chase to absurd extents.  

"The Batman" starts with Bruce having been the caped crusader for two years. He spends a lot of time on the streets at night, carefully selecting which criminals to take down, admitting in opening narration that he can't be everywhere at once. 

The crows are efficient hunters, though scavenging where ever possible is much easier. There are many accounts of crows attacking and killing a variety of smaller birds, though more often than not, they would target the old, sick, weak or young. 

Predation involve carnivorous interactions, in which one animal consumes another. Think of wolves hunting deer, cats hunting mice, or Birds  hunting worms and insects. Less obvious carnivorous interactions involve many small individuals consuming a larger one. Such group predation is common among social carnivores such as lions, hyenas, and wolves. Group predation also occurs with ants and social spiders.   

Predation is the ecological process by which energy is transferred from living animal to living animal based on the behavior of a predator that captures and kills a prey before eating it. Predators occupy the upper levels of food chains. This top position helps explain their generally low density, frequently spaced distribution, and usually small total biomass. In terms of conservation, this is sometimes critical for the survival of local predator populations.   

In predation, one organism kills and consumes another. Predation provides energy to prolong the life and promote the reproduction of the organism that does the killing, the predator, to the detriment of the organism being consumed, the prey.   

Pursuit predation (or a chase) is a form of predation in which predators actively chases its  prey, either solitarily or as a group. It is an alternate predation strategy to ambush predation — pursuit predators rely on superior speed, endurance and/or teamwork to seize the prey, while ambush predators use stealth, luring, the use of surroundings and the element of surprise to capture the prey.   

Here the crow was much smaller compared to the size of the Fruit bat and was perhaps trying to scare the bat away from its habitat !! 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

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