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. And it was one of the oddest experiences of his life as a wildlife photographer. 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 are twice as long as the infamous velociraptor. When we think of wildlife encounters, it's often in the "kill or be killed" frame of mind. Jaguar and Giant Anteater Standoff Ends With a Twist. Giant Anteater VS Jaguar on Vimeo "When I saw the jaguar strolling up behind the completely unaware — and at the time vulnerable — giant anteater, I just assumed I was either about to witness a kill or an almighty battle. The giant anteater's claws are some four inches long, and the animal can fight off even a puma or jaguar. A worker at the zoo said the attack was an "accident", and therefore the anteater was not "punished in response". Interestingly, the jaguar simply observed the anteater, choosing to watch it instead of devouring it. But this is pretty common, according to Fernando Rodrigo Tortato, a field researcher for the Pantanal Jaguar Project. Found in many habitats ranging from grasslands to forests. A single swipe is powerful enough to kill a Jaguar or a Caiman, both of which are apex predators in the Giant Anteaters habitat. Anteaters can grow to almost three metres in length and weigh up to 50kg. Jaguar, puma and humans Population Status: Vulnerable Conservation Of the four species of anteater, the Giant anteater is the most vulnerable. The anteater will fold its claws up under their hands. Anteater can kill a jaguar. The giant anteater, Myrmecophaga tridactyla (Scientific name), is the largest species of anteater; it is the only species in the genus Myrmecophaga. Anteaters have terrifically sharp, 4-inch long claws that could easily do some damage to a jaguar. They do not destroy the mound so they can return and feed again later. But the claws can turn from foraging tools to deadly weapons if the animal is threatened. Docile and easy to kill, they are hunted throughout their range for meat, skins and as trophies. ® Bootnote. In a new case report, scientists detail a gruesome anteater attack that left one hunter dead in northwestern Brazil, just two years after another man was killed in a similar confrontation with one of the long-nosed creatures. 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. While eyeing this giant anteater, a photographer noticed a feline predator approaching. 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