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The animal kingdom's macabre food chain in action
Hey, we've all got to eat

A cross spider digs into a ladybug in France. (Philippe Blanchot/Hemis/Corbis)


An egg-eater snake swallows a small bird's egg in a nest in South Africa. (Michael & Patricia Fogden/CORBIS)


A European wildcat snags a bird in midair in Germany. (Ronald Wittek/dpa/Corbis)


A hawk sinks its talons into a rabbit in Kazakhstan. (REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov)


A bobcat springs for juvenile western gulls in California. (Kennan Ward/Corbis)


A lioness panther lunges for a kudu in Namibia. (Gallo Images/CORBIS)


A leopard seal chases a gentoo penguin in West Antartica. (Paul Souders/Corbis)


Taking a chance in the shallow waters off the South African coast, an orca whale captures a sea lion pup in its unyielding jaws. (Theo Allofs/Corbis)

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