Otter attacks, kills alligator at Florida wildlife refuge

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Amazing photos posted Wednesday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show an otter making a meal out of an alligator at Florida’s Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge.

The series of photos, taken in 2011 by Geoff Walsh, has taken the Internet by storm since viral photos out of Australia showing a snake devour a crocodile hit the web on Monday.

“The otter eventually pulled the alligator up on the bank and proceeded to consume it, as evidenced by crunching noises,” America’s Great Outdoors, a U.S. Department of the Interior project, said in a photo caption. “They were no longer visible at that point, but the alligator was done resisting when dragged out of the water.”

“Despite their disarmingly cute appearance, otters are the apex predator of many freshwater habitats,” the caption said.

North American river otters can grow to be three to four feet long and weigh between 10 and 30 pounds. They normally feed on slow-moving fish and crustaceans.

North American river otters can grow to be three to four feet long and weigh between 10 and 30 pounds. They normally feed on slow-moving fishes and crustaceans. (Geoff Walsh)

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