​Lion Kills Heron In Flying Footage Taken At Zoo

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March 29, 2013
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A video of a lion killing a heron bird at a zoo in Amsterdam resurfaced on YouTube yesterday. The viral footage shows the large animal snatching the bird in mid-air.

Lion Kills Heron

The footage was taken by a visitor at the Artis Royal Zoo on a Sunday last year. As the crowd wandered by the big cat enclosure, a small pride of lions basking in the sun came into view.

Suddenly, a lioness took a stalking posture with her eyes on a bird about 25 yards away. Just as wild lions are seen approaching their quarry in a stealth-like manner; it was playing out in a zoo.

The bird, oblivious of the cat’s approach until the last second, makes a desperate attempt to take flight, but is snatched out of the air by the leaping lion’s claws.

Then, the rest of the pride, led by a big male, closes in for their share, but it was finders-keepers; the lion that killed the heron tried in vain to make off with the catch. She circles, bobs and weaves as the others try to pickpocket her for the pint-size appetizer.

In the end, it was a cub that claimed the prize.

While it’s not often animals prey on one another at zoos, the incident reinforces their wild traits.