This is the craziest thing I think I’ve ever seen…
Nature is a cruel, 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 shockingly resilient.
We all remember white-tailed buck in Illinois that was walking around with a gaping hole in its back, right? I mean, the buck had people believing in zombies the way it was still walking around like that.
We’ve seen wounded animals recover, animals with birth defects go on to live pretty normal lives against the odds, and then… you have the unexplainable.
Like this egret who apparently is fresh off some kind of tracheotomy.
You can find egrets pretty much anywhere there is water, as the wading birds like to stick to the shorelines in search of fish, frogs, snakes, small mammals and pretty much 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 massive hole in its neck… insane.
Never seen anything like it in my life…
So dude just walks around with a big ol’ hole in his neck? Does he eat everything twice? Three times? Is his life just a never-ending chew and swallow session, while just barely getting enough food to power its chewing?
I need to know…
Great Blue Heron Stabs Squirrel From Tree
Earlier this week, footage of great blue heron gulping down a big New York City rat in a Central Park pond highlighted just how adept the big birds are at hunting. They are even capable of hunting mammals larger than you might anticipate them being able to take down.
This footage is even crazier than that though.
According to Nature is Metal, this video was reportedly filmed in the wake of storm related flooding down in Alabama.
A great blue heron and a squirrel, two species that would typically never encounter one another in the wild seemed to be perplexed at the sight of one another.
Herons spend almost all of their time in the air or slowly prowling through shallow water while squirrels spend their time in the tree tops.
The squirrel is probably no stranger to birds, but it seemed a bit caught off guard that this particular bird was rolling up to eat it. The situation went about as well for the squirrel as it did for the rat in New York City.
Time to update the scoreboard: Great Blue Herons -2, Rodents – 0.
If you want to watch this heron hunt a squirrel then check out the video below.