Lion Stalks & Kills Heron in Front of Shocked Zoo-Goers (VIDEO)

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lion catches heronLazin' around on a Saturday and watching animals stalk and kill their prey on Animal Planet or Nat Geo is one thing. Seeing it go down in person is quite another. That's what a crowd at an Amsterdam zoo must've realized when they were checking out the lions' den ...

Onlookers witnessed a blue heron land for a drink of water in a small pool of water within the lions' territory. Within a matter of seconds, a mama lion went in for the kill. One snatched the bird out of the air and brought it back to slaughter. 

'Course someone happened to be filming, uploaded the clip, and it has gone viral more than once now. Check it out ...


Whoa! Talk about a seriously startling sight. But hey, it's also just something anyone must be open to seeing at the zoo. Actually, I'm a bit relieved that when the clip went viral, most of the feedback online was fascination, not "OMG, how disturbing!" Okay, maybe very little kids should be sheltered from something like this, but otherwise, eh, that's nature, folks!

Because, come on, what do we expect to happen when we're staring at real, live animals set up in an environment that is meant to mimic the wild? It's bad enough that they're not in the wild anymore. I worry some people have the tendency to get so reactionary about incidents like they'd advocate the sanitization of experiences like going to the zoo, so they're perfectly G-rated for the faint of heart. That would be nothing short of a travesty.

Anyone who can't handle seeing animals occasionally doing what they do in the wild should opt for bowling, ice skating, a museum, or any activity other than spending the day at the zoo!

What do you think of this clip?


Image via Dewey Jefferson/YouTube



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miche... micheledo

In some ways it is disturbing (as even the nature shows are ) yet it is amazing to! How incredible to see them acting naturally! (I always think it is disturbing, though natural, to watch another animal stalk and kill its prey)

nonmember avatar jean

What a good momma she let the baby take the prize back to the den for lunch :)

Irela... Ireland69

I don't like zoo's anymore as a kid I did but these poor animals should be in the wild.  As far the attack  it's nature you can't shelter your kids from everything.  The parents can explain what happened.  Man i like to see those sheltered kids. how their going to survive if anything goes wrong.


mlg1989 mlg1989

Out of all the exhibits to fly into lol! I dont find it disturbing, its nature and how it functions.

pupuk... pupukeawahine

They're predatory animals--it's what they do.  Years ago my husband broken his leg, ankle and foot.  His cast had just been removed and he was able to (barely) get around with a cane and limped badly.  We were in front of a snow leopard cage at the zoo, and it followed him with it's eyes, then started pacing him.  Once we figured out my husband was being sized up as prey, he walked back and forth in front of the cage a few times, while the leopard paced him.

Megan Johnson

"T-Rex doesn't wanna be fed, he wants to hunt..." 

Zoo or not, they are still wild animals with the instincts to hunt and kill.  It is a fascinating video. 

Kediset Kediset

feel bad for the beautiful bird but that was awesome xD

nonmember avatar LauraRB

I had this happen at Disneyland, of all places! Sitting by the Rivers of America, waiting for Fantasmic to start, and a bird of prey swooped down, grabbed a baby duckling and took off with it! Momma took off after it, leaving the other 6 ducklings alone. She came back thankfully before anything happened to the rest of them. We all looked at each other like "wha? Can that happen at the Happiest place on earth?"

Melissa James

It normal for animals to hunt damn it it not a bad thing. it instinct.

Roni Clark

Lions will be lions. :o/

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