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Ferocity / depredation is the relationship going from the depredator to the prey, in which the final objective is hunting, killing and eating the prey.
Supposedly, the intangible sense of value could have instinctively appeared in animal evolution at the crucial moment in which a depredator pursuing to hunt and seize as a prey an animal mother's cub, provoked as a consequence of that threat that the animal mother exposes its own life by interposing its body in front of the depredator in behalf and defense of its own cub, in order to save and protect the cub's life, so newly hierarchized.
Think of those Nordic depredators taking their enemies to a hilltop.