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Ambush predator

Ambushing prey is a tactic employed by a whole host of animals, from trapdoor spiders lurking in their burrows, to a cat stalking a mouse. If ambushers chase their prey at all, they do so for only a short time, as most of them are not capable of a prolonged pursuit. Instead they use cover so they can surprise unsuspecting prey.

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BBC News about Ambush predator

  • Extinct 'wolf' hunted like a cat The extinct Australian carnivore known as a thylacine was an ambush predator that could not outrun its prey over long distances, according to a new analysis.

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