Midnight feast: jaguar filmed hunting turtle in BBC Big Cats television first 

The jaguar usually hunts in the jungle but was captured visiting the coast in a television first

It is one of the rarest midnight feasts ever captured on camera.

Under the moonlight on a deserted Costa Rican beach, a pregnant female jaguar, slowed by the weight of the cub inside her, paces at leisure towards prey she knows cannot escape.

What happens next - the culmination of weeks of rough living and patience by a BBC crew - is a television first.

The jaguar has timed her arrival on the Pacific coast perfectly - she pounces on a sea turtle which has beached in order to lay its eggs.

Shot on military grade thermal-imaging cameras, the footage shows her drag the stricken creature, which weighs as much as she does, up the beach and rip it apart for its meat.

In a television first, on the deserted Costa Rican beach, the jaguar pounces on a sea turtle

The kill is the crowning moment of episode 2 of the BBC’s Big Cats series, which also follows the battle for survival of Africa’s youngest pride of lions in the Namibian desert, and the aquatic adventures of Asian fishing cats.


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