Not always the slowest animals are killed
Posted by dogrock on Mar 01, 2002 at 16:35
Re: Of Brains and Natural Selection... (Ben)
The animals who get killed from what I have seen of nature programmes are: The young are killed, because they're easier to catch, the vanquished after battle, often the second strongest; the victors weakened by battle; the what we might term teenage and inexperienced animals. It is probably those who are near the higher positions in the herd who survive best. If the slowest were always killed, the lions would eventually not be able to catch any. It is in their interest to take out the best. This is my observation, despite the "granny" type explanations given by some animal programmes.