- Otter attacked a young alligator at Florida wildlife reserve
- Photographer snapped the struggle which saw the otter victorious
- Ensuing ‘crunching noises’ proved that the otter had a decent meal
They may appear cute and cuddly, but as one alligator soon learned, otters can be vicious predators.
These photos show an otter overpowering a juvenile gator and despite the reptile doing its best, it was no match for the fanged weasel-cousin.
The animals were spotted at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in Florida, where it soon became clear that the otter was in it to win it.
The otter attacked the relatively young gator by biting it over the neck, ensuring it could not turn around and bite back.
After a short struggle, the otter was able to drag the reptile onto a riverbank and out of sight.
It then proceeded to eat the animal alive, validated by the ‘crunching noises’ that could be heard from the bank.
Despite their adorable appearance, otters are the apex predator of many freshwater species.