With such combat ability, Giant Anteaters are considered by some governments to be dangerous animals, that should not be approached in the wild. But such is the case in the video above, filmed September 2017 in Brazil's Pantanal region by Luke Massey. The giant anteater's claws are some four inches long, and the animal can fight off even a cougar or jaguar. And it was one of the oddest experiences of his life as a wildlife photographer. by Amanda Ellis. They do not destroy the mound so they can return and feed again later. The hunter did not shoot at the animal, but he approached it with his knife drawn. Noel Kirkpatrick is an editor and writer based in Tacoma, Washington. Dec 24, 2017 - With its huge claws, this giant creature can defend itself Although the anteater is "usually not aggressive", its claws can cause serious damage if used in self-defence. In the first incident recorded in 2012, a hunter happened upon an anteater in northern Brazil and made the mistake of approaching the animal with his knife drawn. The Jaguar is a strong and vicious predator that can easily kill most prey. Interestingly, the jaguar simply observed the anteater, choosing to watch it instead of devouring it. This is the surprising moment a jaguar stalks a giant anteater only to let it walk away completely unharmed. A giant anteater can weigh anywhere from 40 to 140 lbs, with an adult being about the size of a small female jaguar, and is a worthy and even deadly opponent when you consider their claws, which … wrote: Regarding the giant anteater's predators there were four answers: jaguars and pumas, snakes, humans, and it has no predators. But some jaguars – it seems – may be giant anteater specialists. Regarding the giant anteater's predators there were four answers: jaguars and pumas, snakes, humans, and it has no predators. They have poor vision, bad hearing and no teeth. A study in Brazil’s vast grasslands, known as the cerrado, actually found that an astounding 75 percent of jaguar prey was giant anteaters. Weapons and Traits. Tambako the Jaguar / Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0. Throughout south america and central america. But the Giant Anteater is not one to be trifled with. Wildlife Photographer of the Year Winners Will Take Your Breath Away, 10 Scary Animals That Are (Mostly) Harmless, Photographer Gets Up Close and Personal With a Family of Urban Foxes, The Best Way to Get Close to Bobcats? Read about our approach to external linking. In the video below, you can see why… Giant anteaters use their impressive claws to tear open termite and ant nests. Giant Anteaters rear up on their hind legs and lash out with their claws. 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Giant anteaters in Brazil have killed two hunters in separate incidents, raising concerns about the animals' loss of habitat and the growing risk of dangerous encounters with people, researchers said. A 2007 study of giant anteaters in the Brazilian Pantanal found the animals generally forage in open areas and rest in forested areas, possibly because forests are warmer than grasslands on cold days and cooler on hot days. Giant Anteater VS Jaguar on Vimeo " One study in 2010 found that giant anteater made up only 3.2 percent of jaguar prey in the Pantanal. Jaguar, puma and humans Population Status: Vulnerable Conservation Of the four species of anteater, the Giant anteater is the most vulnerable. Giant Anteater vs. Jaguar: ... giant anteaters can inflict severe wounds with their front claws and have been known to seriously injure or kill humans who corner and threaten them. This media cannot be played on your device. The giant anteater, Myrmecophaga tridactyla (Scientific name), is the largest species of anteater; it is the only species in the genus Myrmecophaga. By walking on their fists they keep the claws sharp so that they can keep these sharp for digging open ants nests and defending themselves. And yet, anteaters can be deadly. But the claws can turn from foraging tools to deadly weapons if the animal is threatened. With its huge claws, this giant creature can defend itself. Large sharp claws, can fend off a jaguar. Giant anteaters use their impressive claws to tear open termite and ant nests. If really the primary objectives are Jaguar and Giant Anteater, then the Pantanal would be the only area you would need to visit. Can an anteater kill a Jaguar? When questioned about the giant anteater's ability to kill, and if it uses its claws to … Found in many habitats ranging from grasslands to forests. Find out more at http://www.bbc.com/earth/storyoflife. 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