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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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  • Nuril A.
    04/20/2020 15:47

    Yo wanna go hunt...yeah sure ..I dig you catch...

  • Pat B.
    04/14/2020 22:48

    V

  • Blaine C.
    04/14/2020 02:27

    P.I.C.

  • Rong J.
    04/12/2020 17:28

    😲😲😲🤗🤗🤗

  • Farah S.
    04/12/2020 06:13

    Where is the lie behind the video? I didn’t get it.

  • Reina M.
    04/12/2020 03:16

    自然界もどんな世界にもある事😌

  • Bill C.
    03/19/2020 22:14

    It warms the heart

  • Jean W.
    03/12/2020 04:34

    That's why they call him Wily Coyote. I love seeing all these responses in foreign languages, I wish I could interpret all of them.🌝

  • Parlin G.
    03/11/2020 16:18

    Friendship is Forever. 😉

  • Jose Y.
    02/29/2020 04:16

    off to find the road runner

  • Waleed E.
    02/28/2020 18:03

    Big meaning

  • Sadoun M.
    02/28/2020 16:44

    Meaningful and beautiful footages

  • Silvia G.
    02/27/2020 20:05

    Lo más hermoso de este planeta son los animalitos! Fieles y sinceros ❤👏

  • Oguntimehin F.
    02/27/2020 15:09

    It makes sense!

  • Wirianata S.
    02/25/2020 14:15

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

  • Mike R.
    02/25/2020 05:18

    amazing

  • Joeman B.
    02/25/2020 03:50

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

  • Jolan M.
    02/25/2020 03:28

    pls Make this Cartoon series😍

  • Hilal B.
    02/24/2020 21:59

    😂😂

  • Sarmad H.
    02/24/2020 19:48

    😳😳😳