This is a National Geographic exclusive video of a jaguar attacking a caiman in Brazil's Pantanal wetlands. Luke Dollar, a conservation scientist who helps manage National Geographic's Big Cats Initiative, explains the hunt.
Watch the video clip and complete the blanks in the transcript with the missing words.
The activity is suitable for intermediate students.
A Jaguar in water is actually not as unusual as you think it might be. They are certainly the most aquatic of all the big cats. In central Brazil here, this one is crossing the river looking for (1) ... . It’s a big hoss of a male, definitely an adult, (2) ... along the bank.
Now a Jaguar diet consists of (3) ... of 85 species, more than 85 species of different animal. They can take virtually any riparian vertebrae found in their habitat, so anything along the rivers and in the rivers is potential (1) ... out of them, it’s on the menu. Walking along the river bank for a Jaguar is like us (4) ... a buffet line. That great camouflage coat is not doing a whole lot of good for this guy right now, but instead he is depending on more on just (2) ... technique. He’s doing an excellent job (2) ..., you’re not seeing any (5) ... , even though he is partially in water, probably can’t see the bottom, making sure the (6) ... is good.
He’s on the bank here (7) ... on now. And all the way across the river there are two caimans. That’s pretty laser-beam focus, if you ask me. Now, I thought from the left here this was the other caiman that we saw in the water cause there were two in the water before but no, there is one caiman on the bank and that’s the jaguar, swimming in. Not a lot in the way of splashes there, this guy is good. One, two! Boom! Teeth in! Now that’s gotta be in the (8) ... case or at least disconnecting the central nervous system ‘cause that caiman is no longer (9) ... , he’s no longer fighting. That’s a meal he’s taking away to have at his convenience.
1 prey 2 stalking 3 upwards 4 scanning 5 splashing 6 footing 7 further 8 brain 9 struggling