See A Saber Toothed Tiger Walk Down Wilshire Blvd In L.A.
In a video on YouTube that has over 21 Million views, you’ll see a Saber-toothed cat strut his stuff down Wilshire Blvd in L.A. . The video was actually filmed back in September of 2012 and in it, we see a Smilodon (aka Saber Toothed Cat) taking a stroll down Wilshire Blvd in the city of Los Angeles. This was done a a publicity stunt to promote visitors to come and visit the George C. Page Museum.
Smilodon, also known as a saber toothed cat, or saber toothed tiger, died-out about 10,000 years ago, at the end of the Pleistocene Epoch. These large predators weighed-in at between 490 to 880 pounds. They were built to take-down much larger prey animals, such as bison and camels. Occasionally, if they could,they would bring-down a very old, sickly, or young mammoth. The only real competition that they had for food in North America, was the Short-faced bear, or the Dire Wolf. At the La Brea Tar Pits, thousands of Smilodon skeletons have been excavated from the tar.
In North America, Smilodon hunted large herbivores such as bison and camels, and it remained successful even when encountering new prey species in South America. Smilodon is thought to have killed its prey by holding it still with its forelimbs and biting it, but it is unclear in what manner the bite itself was delivered. Scientists debate whether Smilodon had a social or a solitary lifestyle; analysis of modern predator behavior as well as of Smilodon’s fossil remains could be construed to lend support to either view. Smilodon probably lived in closed habitats such as forests and bush, which would have provided cover for ambushing prey
Ice Age Encounters, at the La Brea Tar Pits, transports you to the Los Angeles of the Late Pleistocene Epoch. While on this journey, you’ll meet the extinct creatures that lived in pre-historic L.A., and witness the natural processes that preserved their remains for thousands of years. You’ll even survive a close encounter with a Saber-Toothed Cat — and meet the scientists who study its fossils at the Page Museum!