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Cannibalism is the act of one individual of a species consuming all or part of another individual of the same species as food. To consume the same species or show cannibalism is a common ecological interaction in the animal kingdom and has been recorded for more than 1,500 species. It does not, as once believed, occur only as a result of extreme food shortages or artificial conditions, but commonly occurs under natural conditions in a variety of species. This gallery includes leopards consuming rivals, mother birds eating their dead offspring and insect females dining on their jilted suitors!
Leopard (Panthera pardus) carrying leopard carcass, Sabi-sands Game Reserve, South Africa  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00546442 Leopard (Panthera pardus) carrying leopard carcass, Sabi-sands Game Reserve, South Africa© Sergey Gorshkov
Christmas Island Red Crab (Gecarcoidea natalis) feeding on another crab crushed on the road, Christmas Island, Australia  -  Stephen Belcher
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00436310 Christmas Island Red Crab (Gecarcoidea natalis) feeding on another crab crushed on the road, Christmas Island, Australia© Stephen Belcher
Crab Spider (Thomisidae) on Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) practices cannibalism  -  Mark Moffett
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00129602 Crab Spider (Thomisidae) on Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata) practices cannibalism© Mark Moffett
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) parent with two chicks in nest eating dead chick, Netherlands  -  Melvin Redeker / Buiten-beeld
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70018126 White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) parent with two chicks in nest eating dead chick, Netherlands© Melvin Redeker / Buiten-beeld
Paraguayan Caiman (Caiman yacare) adult, feeding on juvenile, Corixo Negro, Mato Grosso, Brazil, September
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80198475 Paraguayan Caiman (Caiman yacare) adult, feeding on juvenile, Corixo Negro, Mato Grosso, Brazil, September© Chris Brunskill
Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) cannibalism, Kruger National Park, South Africa  -  J.-J. Alcalay & B. Marcon/ Biosp
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00491874 Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) cannibalism, Kruger National Park, South Africa© J.-J. Alcalay & B. Marcon/ Biosphoto
Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) cannibalism, Kruger National Park, South Africa  -  J.-J. Alcalay & B. Marcon/ Biosp
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00491872 Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) cannibalism, Kruger National Park, South Africa© J.-J. Alcalay & B. Marcon/ Biosphoto
Leopard (Panthera pardus) will leopard carcass in tree, Sabi-sands Game Reserve, South Africa  -  Sergey Gorshkov
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00546428 Leopard (Panthera pardus) will leopard carcass in tree, Sabi-sands Game Reserve, South Africa© Sergey Gorshkov
Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) adult, feeding on baby, with tail protruding from mouth, Komodo Island, Indonesia  -  Colin Marshall/ FLPA
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80017619 Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) adult, feeding on baby, with tail protruding from mouth, Komodo Island, Indonesia© Colin Marshall/ FLPA
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) adult male feeding on carcass of yearling cub, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600184 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) adult male feeding on carcass of yearling cub, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Meadow Tree Frog (Isthmohyla pseudopuma) tadpoles cannibalizing tadpole, cloud forest, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510345 Meadow Tree Frog (Isthmohyla pseudopuma) tadpoles cannibalizing tadpole, cloud forest, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus) adults eating dead crab, cannibalism, Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador  -  Krystyna Szulecka/ FLPA
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80054461 Sally Lightfoot Crab (Grapsus grapsus) adults eating dead crab, cannibalism, Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador© Krystyna Szulecka/ FLPA
Dolphin Gull (Larus scoresbii) adult, feeding on egg from another dolphin gull, cannibalism, Sea Lion Island, East Falklands, Falkland Islands  -  Krystyna Szulecka/ FLPA
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80065141 Dolphin Gull (Larus scoresbii) adult, feeding on egg from another dolphin gull, cannibalism, Sea Lion Island, East Falklands, Falkland Islands© Krystyna Szulecka/ FLPA
Dolphin Gull (Larus scoresbii) adult, stealing egg from another dolphin gull nest, cannibalism, Sea Lion Island, East Falklands, Falkland Islands  -  Krystyna Szulecka/ FLPA
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80065140 Dolphin Gull (Larus scoresbii) adult, stealing egg from another dolphin gull nest, cannibalism, Sea Lion Island, East Falklands, Falkland Islands© Krystyna Szulecka/ FLPA
Dolphin Gull (Larus scoresbii) adults, feeding on egg from another dolphin gull, cannibalism, Sea Lion Island, East Falklands, Falkland Islands  -  Krystyna Szulecka/ FLPA
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80065135 Dolphin Gull (Larus scoresbii) adults, feeding on egg from another dolphin gull, cannibalism, Sea Lion Island, East Falklands, Falkland Islands© Krystyna Szulecka/ FLPA
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) adult, feeding, cannibalism of young, on pack ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, september  -  Bernd Rohrschneider/ FLPA
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80131142 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) adult, feeding, cannibalism of young, on pack ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, september© Bernd Rohrschneider / FLPA
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) adult, feeding, cannibalism of young, on pack ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, september  -  Bernd Rohrschneider/ FLPA
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80131143 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) adult, feeding, cannibalism of young, on pack ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, september© Bernd Rohrschneider / FLPA
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) dead young, killed and eaten by another Polar Bear, on pack ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, september  -  Bernd Rohrschneider/ FLPA
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80131144 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) dead young, killed and eaten by another Polar Bear, on pack ice, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, september© Bernd Rohrschneider / FLPA
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) adult, feeding on own dead chick, standing in nest with live chick, Florida  -  Edward Myles/ FLPA
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80138378 Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) adult, feeding on own dead chick, standing in nest with live chick, Florida© Edward Myles / FLPA
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) adult male, close-up of head, feeding on another of same species, on coastal sand dune, Gower Peninsula, Glamorgan, Wales, august  -  Steve Trewhella/ FLPA
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80150365 Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) adult male, close-up of head, feeding on another of same species, on coastal sand dune, Gower Peninsula, Glamorgan, Wales, august© Steve Trewhella / FLPA
Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) female constricting male after copulation, after which she will consume him, Brazil
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00568879 Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) female constricting male after copulation, after which she will consume him, Brazil© Luciano Candisani
White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) parent with two chicks in nest eating dead chick, Netherlands  -  Melvin Redeker / Buiten-beeld
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70018128 White Stork (Ciconia ciconia) parent with two chicks in nest eating dead chick, Netherlands© Melvin Redeker / Buiten-beeld
Common Vole (Microtus arvalis) pair feeding on dead congener, Holwerd, Friesland, Netherlands  -  Marcel van Kammen/ NiS
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70029994 Common Vole (Microtus arvalis) pair feeding on dead congener, Holwerd, Friesland, Netherlands© Marcel van Kammen/ NiS
Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) adult male, feeding on another of same species, on coastal sand dune, Gower Peninsula, Glamorgan, Wales, august  -  Steve Trewhella/ FLPA
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80150364 Emperor Dragonfly (Anax imperator) adult male, feeding on another of same species, on coastal sand dune, Gower Peninsula, Glamorgan, Wales, august© Steve Trewhella / FLPA
Jumping Spider (Portia fimbriata) eating spiderlings and eggs of her beaten Portia opponent, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00123415 Jumping Spider (Portia fimbriata) eating spiderlings and eggs of her beaten Portia opponent, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Jumping Spider (Portia fimbriata) eating the eggs of her beaten Portia opponent, Queensland, Australia  -  Mark Moffett
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00123416 Jumping Spider (Portia fimbriata) eating the eggs of her beaten Portia opponent, Queensland, Australia© Mark Moffett
Tundra Shrew (Sorex tundrensis) eating another shrew, boreal pond habitat, Alaska  -  Michael Quinton
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00160962 Tundra Shrew (Sorex tundrensis) eating another shrew, boreal pond habitat, Alaska© Michael Quinton
Sagebrush Grig (Cyphoderris strepitans) female eating males wings, a form of sexual cannibalism, during mating, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming  -  Piotr Naskrecki
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00427244 Sagebrush Grig (Cyphoderris strepitans) female eating males wings, a form of sexual cannibalism, during mating, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming© Piotr Naskrecki
Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) eating its own dead chick, Europe  -  Martin Withers/ FLPA
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00431290 Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) eating its own dead chick, Europe© Martin Withers/ FLPA
Christmas Island Red Crab (Gecarcoidea natalis) feeding on the remains of another crab crushed on the road, Christmas Island, Australia  -  Stephen Belcher
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00436282 Christmas Island Red Crab (Gecarcoidea natalis) feeding on the remains of another crab crushed on the road, Christmas Island, Australia© Stephen Belcher
Christmas Island Red Crab (Gecarcoidea natalis) feeding on the remains of another crab crushed on the road, Christmas Island, Indian Ocean, Territory of Australia  -  Ingo Arndt
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00442474 Christmas Island Red Crab (Gecarcoidea natalis) feeding on the remains of another crab crushed on the road, Christmas Island, Indian Ocean, Territory of Australia© Ingo Arndt
Meadow Tree Frog (Isthmohyla pseudopuma) tadpoles cannibalizing tadpole, cloud forest, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510344 Meadow Tree Frog (Isthmohyla pseudopuma) tadpoles cannibalizing tadpole, cloud forest, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Giant Water Bug (Belostoma sp) cannibalizing another Giant Water Bug, swamps and ponds, rainforest, Costa Rica  -  Michael & Patricia Fogden
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00510962 Giant Water Bug (Belostoma sp) cannibalizing another Giant Water Bug, swamps and ponds, rainforest, Costa Rica© Michael & Patricia Fogden
Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) cannibalism, Kruger National Park, South Africa  -  J.-J. Alcalay & B. Marcon/ Biosp
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00491873 Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) cannibalism, Kruger National Park, South Africa© J.-J. Alcalay & B. Marcon/ Biosphoto
Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) feeding on damselfly, Lincolnshire, England
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00554026 Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ischnura elegans) feeding on damselfly, Lincolnshire, England© Mark Johnson/ NIS
Paraguayan Caiman (Caiman yacare) adult, feeding on juvenile, Corixo Negro, Mato Grosso, Brazil, September
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80198472 Paraguayan Caiman (Caiman yacare) adult, feeding on juvenile, Corixo Negro, Mato Grosso, Brazil, September© Chris Brunskill
Springtail (Isotoma anglicana) feeding on Springtail (Isotoma anglicana) larvae, Drenthe, Netherlands  -  Jan van Duinen/ NiS
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00553027 Springtail (Isotoma anglicana) feeding on Springtail (Isotoma anglicana) larvae, Drenthe, Netherlands© Jan van Duinen/ NiS
Wind Scorpion (Eremocosta titania) female at right devours the head of her failed suitor, Mojave Desert, California  -  Mark Moffett
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00750734 Wind Scorpion (Eremocosta titania) female at right devours the head of her failed suitor, Mojave Desert, California© Mark Moffett
Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) eats the carcass of another dragon, Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, Indonesia  -  Cyril Ruoso
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00620437 Komodo Dragon (Varanus komodoensis) eats the carcass of another dragon, Rinca Island, Komodo National Park, Indonesia© Cyril Ruoso
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) juvenile chewing on Polar Bear skull, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada  -  Matthias Breiter
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00600709 Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) juvenile chewing on Polar Bear skull, Churchill, Manitoba, Canada© Matthias Breiter
Common Vole (Microtus arvalis) trio feeding on a dead individual, Holwerd, Friesland, Netherlands  -  Marcel van Kammen/ NiS
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70029995 Common Vole (Microtus arvalis) trio feeding on a dead individual, Holwerd, Friesland, Netherlands© Marcel van Kammen/ NiS
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