HOW WOLVES CATCH RATS
Ethiopian wolves have a number of rodent-catching techniques, the most common being stalking. They creep forwards low to the ground to blend in with the brush, advancing in a series of short bursts until close enough to pounce. Wolves also use rocks or bushes as cover to leap on unsuspecting rats, or dig rodents out of their tunnels – this is their favourite method for catching mole rats, and may lead to the destruction of an entire burrow. They sometimes follow herds of goats or cattle, mingling with the livestock so that the animals act as a kind of mobile hide, concealing the wolves’ approach.
Rat hunts last from
a few seconds to as long as an hour