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Pelican swallows pigeon in park

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  1. The Void

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    Pelican swallows pigeon in park

    Families and tourists in a London park were left shocked when a pelican picked up and swallowed a pigeon.
    The unusual wildlife spectacle in St James's Park was caught on camera by photographer Cathal McNaughton.

    He said the Eastern White pelican had the unfortunate pigeon in its beak for more than 20 minutes before swallowing it whole.

    An RSPB spokesman said: "It is almost unheard of for a pelican to eat a bird. Their diet should be strictly fish."

    Mr McNaughton, from the Press Association, said: "The pelican was on the towpath preening itself, and there were a lot of tourists watching it.

    "Then the bird got up and strolled along until it reached one of the pigeons, which it just grabbed in its beak.

    "There was a bit of a struggle for about 20 minutes, with all these people watching. The pelican only opened its mouth a couple of times.

    "Then it managed to get the pigeon to go head first down its throat. It was kicking and flapping the whole way down."

    There are currently five pelicans living near Duck Island in St James's Park - four Eastern Whites and one Louisiana Brown.

    Pelicans were introduced into the park during King Charles II's reign as a gift from the Russian ambassador.
     
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    That must have been one hell of a hungry pelican.
     
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    Someone needs to tell that camera dude about youtube...:laugh:

    That's just awesome though.
     
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    Reminds me of that park in Russia where squirrels swarmed a dog. Killed and ate it.


    Did that pelican come from chernobyl farms©?
     
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    Killer squirrels! :shocked:
     
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    Theres a nice pic in this story
    That pigeon looks like he's having a whale of a time! Or should that be a pelican of a time?!
     
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    hahah, wow, thats pretty awesome.
     
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    The picture in the article looks fake.
     
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    I'm surprised the pigeon didn't tear the pelican inside out by pecking and clawing.
     
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    Poor little pigeon...I feel bad for it.
     
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    What about the pelican? It ate one of the most foul birds out there. A city pigeon.
     
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    Smeg has a point, I'm sure that pelican hasn't long to live.

    No thank you, I saw that snake puking up a dead hippo and that's enough mental scarring for me.

    Ew.



     
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    There's a video with a snake and hippo?

    OMG show me..
     
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    I've witnessed a pelican swallow and regurgitate(sp?) a duck at the zoo. No joke. By the way, there's a comment from a guy saying that the thumbnail said "pelican eats pig..." I'll bet he was disappointed.
     
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    Damn even your squirrels are tougher, do you know who Fedor is?



     
  18. Dondrei

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    Here, if you must:

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=OY547W0fGwA

    I blame Durf for showing the damn thing the first time.



     
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    Every once in a while, when these pigeons get too comfortable with life they need to be shown where exactly in the food chain they are. In this case a Pelican was above it.

    Bravo Sir. Pelican, Bravo. :thumbsup:






    That defies description



     

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