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What Is An Apex Predator?


The world’s most deadly creatures... That's what!

You may be familiar with the term ‘predator’ in relation to animals. What is an apex predator? The term ‘apex’ means top or highest. As adults, apex predators, also known as alpha or apical predators are at the top of the food chain. This means no other animals in its ecosystem can prey on them.

These lethal animals play a crucial role in regulating our ecosystem. If these animals are removed from the food chain, it can dramatically impact the way the ecosystem functions and puts many other species of animals at risk.

The way the ecosystem works is thanks to the apex baddies keeping in check the population of mesopredators. These guys are underneath the apex predators in the food chain.

Although they prey on other animals, mesopredators aren’t as deadly as their higher-ranking counterparts. They prey on other animals but are also preyed on.

If apex predators are removed from the food chain or become extinct, there is no one keeping control of smaller predators. This leaves room for smaller predators to increase in volume and prey on more vulnerable species. In turn, this may dramatically contribute to damages with the way the food chain functions.

Although at the top of the food chain and in the centre of the food web, apex assassins can be killed by other apex predators of the same or different species. Old or injured apex predators can be attacked by stronger members of it’s own species or by a group of smaller predators.

The list of apex predators consists of lions, bears, crocodiles, sharks, wolves and scorpions.

We certainly wouldn’t want to find out what would happen with all these guys in the same room!

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.