It appears that the 13-foot long Burmese python attempted to swallow the six-foot alligator before its stomach ruptured, resulting in the deaths of both animals.along with its accompanying picture:
Well, this seems to be another bad day for gators.
Dog Pack Attacks Gator In Florida
EVERGLADES, FL (GJNews)- At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty.
The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate predators, normally considered the "apex predator", can still fall victim to implemented 'team work' strategy, made possible due to the tight knit social structure and "survival of the pack mentality" bred into the canines.
The remarkable photograph is below courtesy of Nature Magazine. (Due to the graphic nature of the photo, it has been moved well down the page to allow the reader to finish the text and then decide whether or not to view the carnage. I wish it upon no one to have that image involuntarily jack-hammered into his or her conscious mind forever. You have been warned. You may want to keep a garbage can nearby to assist as an emesis basin.)
Photo subtitle: Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator preventing it from breathing, while another dog has a hold on the tail to keep it from thrashing. The third dog attacks the soft underbelly of the gator.
Scroll down to view the 'pristine beauty' of Mother Nature.
(H.T. Will Nehs)