Puma Breaks Incredible Speeds To Chase Down This Prey

Juvenile Mountain lion cougar panther, puma, cub, feline, big cat. Native to the Americas, its range spans from the Canada to the South America and is the most widespread of North America.
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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: February 18, 2024

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Many animals in the wild rely on each other for survival. The ability to hunt for food, find territory, and defend themselves against enemies. And we think of groups, prides, or herds as very strong species because of that. However, those animals who are solitary are much stronger because they have no choice but to survive. After all, they have no one else to lean on but themselves. See how far this puma is willing to go hunting for food on his own in the video below.

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Puma Hunting a Guanaco 

The Instagram Reel shown at the beginning shares a puma hunting for food and comes across a guanaco. The Angry Animals3 Instagram page shared this video, which has received almost 10,000 views. This channel’s most popular reels are of a lion hunting for food, a giraffe being attacked, and a pack of hyenas gorging a giraffe. 

Guanaco Drags Puma Across the Ground

At the start of the video, we see that a videographer has zoomed in on a puma that is mid-hunt. He has his sights set on a guanaco just up ahead. A guanaco (Lama guanicoe) is a mammal of the family Camelidae. They are very similar to the llama (Lama glama) as they are of the same family. 

The guanaco senses he is in danger, and he takes off at up to 40 miles per hour. The puma lights up and shoots across the wilderness. According to Live Science, “They can run up to 50 mph (80 kph) and jump as high as 15 feet (4.6 meters).” He quickly catches up to his prey, barrels up and over his body, and grabs him around his neck. The puma’s incredible skill to jump 15 feet certainly paid off.

We might assume this fight is over. However, the guanaco tramples over the puma and drags the puma along. This guanaco is fighting for its life. However, eventually, the puma was able to subdue this mammal after a fierce fight. 

What Do Puma Eat?

Portrait of Beautiful Puma in autumn forest. American cougar - mountain lion, striking pose, scene in the woods, wildlife America.

Puma reach the age of sexual maturity at 2-3 years of age.


The puma (Felis concolor) of the family Felidae can be found in Central America, South America, and North America. As solitary animals, they rely on themselves to hunt for food. Puma weigh up to 230 pounds and can reach up to 6.5 feet.

They will also hunt for things such as rats, birds, fish, and mice. Despite their size, it does not deter them from hunting down larger prey such as deer, sheep, goats, and livestock.

As we can see from the video above, guanacos can weigh over 300 pounds, making a takedown like this difficult. However, the puma is a skilled predator that was determined at any cost. 

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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