Animals

This Bird Straight-Up Ate An Alligator

You guys.

Did you know birds eat alligators?

APPARENTLY THEY DO!

This Great Blue Heron was caught on video straight-up eating an alligators. Okay, so it was a baby alligator. But still. Have you ever heard of something so crazy?

The video is actually kinda terrifying. Posted by the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute on Facebook, the video is just 20 seconds long. But according to the photographer who took the video, Scott Martin, it was closer to 20 minutes of hunting.

"The great blue heron 'played' with the little gator for at least twenty minutes before killing and swallowing it," said Scott.

According to FWC, it's not unusual for Great Blue Herons to eat whatever is in striking distance. Fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, insects, and birds are all eligible victims for this bird.

You have to check out this video...it's pretty crazy.

Great Blue Heron Eats Young Alligator

Photographer Scott Martin visited the Viera Wetlands near Melbourne, Fla. and observed an encounter between a great blue heron and a small American alligator. "The great blue heron 'played' with the little gator for at least twenty minutes before killing and swallowing it," said Scott. Great blue herons eat nearly anything within striking distance, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, insects and other birds. This large, wading bird is a familiar sight to most Floridians. It's a permanent resident of wetlands throughout the state, often seen along ponds, lakes and canals in housing developments. To see more of Scott's work, visit: http://www.scottmartinphotography.ca/

Posted by FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute on Thursday, February 16, 2017

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