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Animals protecting their young
Post here videos, pictures, etc. of animals protecting their young!

Domestic dog:

Domestic cat:





Nothing better than the good old classig stray dog protecting her pup from a Leopard.

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  • Mauro20
Wow, that cat went ballistic! The stupid guy was letting the dog bother the kitten.

The mother sloth bear who fought the tiger for 15? minutes would fit here too.
Sure would, Lightning, feel free to post it here.

Another classic:

Duck protecting ducklings from seagull:

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Canada geese:



Python picks on wrong possum after mother scratches, bites snake to free its baby

By Patrick Williams
Updated 50 minutes ago

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PHOTO: The mother possum bit and clawed her way to victory. (Supplied: Christine Birch Williams)

Images of a determined mother possum saving its baby from the grasps of a hungry carpet python in a short struggle in a Queensland backyard captures the attention of thousands, three years after they were taken.

Photos of the melee were shared by almost 2,000 people after being posted to Facebook on Thursday night by a prominent snake catcher on the Sunshine Coast.

They were snapped by Mackay woman Christine Birch Williams, who recalled stumbling across the backyard brawl late one night in 2015.

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PHOTO: The python was trying to strangle the baby possum. (Supplied: Christine Birch Williams)

"I looked up and watched as a carpet python had just taken a baby possum from the back of its mother," Ms Williams told ABC News on Friday.

"I grabbed my camera and started taking photos."

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PHOTO: The baby possum was well and truly in the python's stranglehold when the mother possum intervened. (Supplied: Christine Birch Williams)

Her six photos depict the baby possum well and truly wrapped up by the python, with the mother possum leaping into action, clawing and biting the reptile.

Eventually the python releases its prey.

The photos sparked discussion as to whether Ms Williams should have intervened.

"As hard as this would be to watch … this is all a part of nature," snake catcher Stu McKenzie wrote.

"Would I interfere and save the baby if I was there at the time? Hard to say.

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PHOTO: The fight was short, Ms Williams said. (Supplied: Christine Birch Williams)

"In one hand it would be horrible to watch, on the other hand the snake has earnt his meal."

Opinions were divided among the comments.

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PHOTO: The mother possum bit and clawed her way to victory. (Supplied: Christine Birch Williams)

"Leave it be, nature is what it is. Nature doesn't do it to be cruel and malice its the natural instinct to survive," Samii Lawson wrote.

"I could not of just watched without helping the possum," Jill Patterson said.

Ms Williams said she did not even think of intervening.

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PHOTO: Opinions on social media were split as to whether they would have intervened in a similar situation. (Supplied: Christine Birch Williams)

"I was more fascinated with the battle," she said.

Ms Williams said once the fight was won, the possums took off.

"The last photo showed mum holding baby. Baby then jumped on mum's back and they took off."

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PHOTO: Both possums ran off into the night after the fight(Supplied: Christine Birch Williams)
Queensland Museum Mammals Collection Manager Heather Janetzki said it was not totally unusual to see the possum take on the python.

"While I've personally never seen a possum act like that before and attack a snake, possums can generally be quite feisty animals, so that doesn't surprise me," Ms Janetzki said.

"That said a mother's instinct is very strong, so it's not unusual for a mother to do whatever necessary to protect her young, which is what the possum is doing in this instance."
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  • Mauro20
A sadly less successful defense:

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Leopard confronting lionesses while her cubs were hiding in their den

Quote from the safari lodge:
"Yes, it's a leopard female trying to protect its young in Serengeti Mawe Meusi, but the female lion left after the leopard got more aggressive."

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Leopard confronting male lion, again cubs were hiding

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Leopard confronts lioness

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A failed defense of a dying mother:
Quote:We filmed a hunter near Buta with a recent bite-mark on his heel, inflicted by a dying mother chimpanzee just before she was killed with a machete. The chimpanzee orphan he was keeping was suffering from a machete wound to the arm, acquired during the same incident.
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Man, do I hate the bushmeat trade.
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That's horrible. If there's one kind of person that absolutely deserves all these awful diseases people get from bushmeat, it's that.
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Wolf kills foal donkey. Mother donkey kills wolf


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