This is the craziest thing I think I’ve ever seen…
Nature is a cruel and unforgiving place.
Survival of the fittest, kill or be killed, only the strong survive… all the usual clichés are 100% accurate. But that doesn’t mean that animals have adapted to become surprisingly hardy.
we all remember white tail deer in illinois who walked around with a gaping hole in his back, right? I mean, the dollar made people believe in zombies the way he still walked around like that.
We’ve seen injured animals recover, animals with birth defects live fairly normal lives against all odds, and then… you have the unexplained.
Like this little egret that apparently just had some sort of tracheotomy.
You can find egrets pretty much anywhere there is water, as wading birds like to stick to shorelines in search of fish, frogs, snakes, small mammals, and just about anything else they can find.
So, an egret eating a snake is nothing out of the ordinary, but an egret eating the same snake twice because it has a huge hole in its neck… crazy.
I’ve never seen anything like this in my life…
So the guy walks around with a big hole in his neck? Do you eat everything twice? Three times? Is his life just one endless session of chewing and swallowing, while he barely gets enough food to power his chewing?
I need to know…
Great blue heron stabs a squirrel out of a tree
Earlier this week, footage of a great blue heron swallowing a large New York City Rat in a Central Park pond highlighted how adept big birds are at hunting. They are even capable of hunting larger mammals than you might anticipate they would be able to take down.
However, this footage is even crazier than that.
According to Nature is Metal, this video was filmed in the wake of storm-related flooding in Alabama.
A great blue heron and a squirrel, two species that would normally never be found in the wild, seemed puzzled to see each other.
Herons spend most of their time in the air or slowly wading through shallow water, while squirrels spend their time in the treetops.
The squirrel is probably no stranger to birds, but seemed a bit surprised that this particular bird would coil up to eat it. The situation was as good for the squirrel as it was for the rat in New York City.
It’s time to update the score: great blue herons -2, rodents – 0.
If you want to see this heron hunt a squirrel, check out the video below.