Zoologists have captured the moment crocodiles in the Nile ᴀᴍʙᴜsʜ prey and actively protect their eggs from predators. This shows their intelligence and concern for their family and is touched by many.
Video shared by scientists on social networks shows that a crocodile in the Nile River area (the Nile River flows through Africa) ᴀᴍʙᴜsʜᴇs the river waiting for prey.
Unfortunately for the nearby leopard, when standing by the bank drinking water, the crocodile was suddenly waiting and rushed to grab the prey and drag it into the river. Aᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋᴇᴅ by lightning, the leopard did not have time to react and accepted the fate of making a delicious meal for the Nile crocodile.
In particular, the Nile crocodile lays its eggs only once a year. And it must be responsible for guarding this nest for three months from ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs ᴇɴᴇᴍɪᴇs in this area, such as giant lizards (a genus of the lizard family). But the lizard by the Nile area has smelled its delicious meal buried in the sand. It was waiting for the opportunity to bring back these eggs.
The Nile lizard knows that the crocodile protecting the nest cannot stay on the shore for too long because of the scorching sun here. Forcing it to take a dip in the Nile to cool down, and when the opportunity came, the lizard quickly dug through the sand and found a delicious egg.
The crocodile has discovered ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀ with its nest but is also helpless because its speed is insufficient to ᴀᴠᴇɴɢᴇ its unborn children.
Fortunately, the crocodile had an ally, an thick-knee (or dikkop) bird, who stood up to protect the crocodile’s nest. The two species share a form of symbiotic mutualism with the more energetic and vocal thick-knee functioning as loud sentries for the nests as the more powerful crocodile provides protection. Should a nest raider approach, the thick-knee pair will spread their wings in a ᴛʜʀᴇᴀᴛ ᴅɪsᴘʟᴀʏ and ʜᴀʀᴀss and peck at the intruders to drive it off. If the pair not be successful, the mother crocodile will be drawn in by their continued calls and arrive. But the natural world always gives us many surprises!
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