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Video showing a badger and coyote collaborating

They look like they're on a mission together, but are this coyote and badger best friends or hunting partners? Here is what lies behind these viral images.

Best friends or hunting partners?

This footage shed light on an unknown collaboration between two predators of the American plains: the coyote and the American badger. Although both species hunt the same prey, such as ground squirrels, they do, however, have different strategies. Thanks to its digging skills, the badger can fetch prey directly from the burrow. On the other hand, the coyote waits until it’s in the open and exposed before chasing and catching it.

Even though these animals are often in competition, two individuals can also establish a mutualistic relationship, benefitting both of them. If a coyote chases prey in the plains or if a badger digs it out of its burrow, the other animal saves time and energy while waiting for the prey to flee to its preferred hunting ground.

They don’t share prey, each species enjoys the other’s failures. But the relations between these collaborative animals seem cordial. This footage, that went viral, were shot near the Santa Cruz Mountains, in California. The excitement the coyote seems to display has caught the public's attention, which appears to be guiding and encouraging the badger.

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02/13/2020 5:45 PM
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56 comments

  • Oguntimehin F.
    21 hours

    It makes sense!

  • Wirianata S.
    3 days

    I dont see any clip, they really hunt it together... Just a story tell.. 🤔

  • Mike R.
    3 days

    amazing

  • Joeman B.
    3 days

    Road runner gonna be caught now cause wiley got a new friend.

  • Jolan O.
    3 days

    pls Make this Cartoon series😍

  • Hilal B.
    4 days

    😂😂

  • Sarmad H.
    4 days

    😳😳😳

  • Youcef S.
    4 days

    Mutualisme

  • ابو ا.
    4 days

    سبحان الله

  • Lorenzo B.
    4 days

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend

  • Souad E.
    5 days

    Well it's rough to see hunting

  • Zahia R.
    5 days

    سبحان الله

  • Bernz B.
    5 days

    It’s as if the coyote is the influencer.. Coyote: Hey Badge! Let’s go man.. time to hunt Badger: wait a sec bro, I’m grounded... gonna pass through our window.. Coyote: then hurry up Badger: hush.. I’m comin... pfft... 😒

  • Chandra D.
    6 days

    will e coyote

  • Francis A.
    6 days

    Trupapips 😁😁😁

  • Nurhalimah
    6 days

    😱😱 kagum sekaligus terkejut,,bagaimana tidak,sungguh mustahil di alam liar bisa bersahabat dengan hewan lain,tapi ini membuktikan tak ada yang mustahil, Wow..Daebak...😍😍😍

  • Gerard C.
    7 days

    Y nosotros matando nos entre si !!!

  • Rahul C.
    02/21/2020 06:53

    This call evolution .

  • Octavius R.
    02/21/2020 00:57

    Qt

  • مصطفى ا.
    02/20/2020 22:10

    سبحان لله