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article imageVideo: Lioness kills heron at the Artis Royal Zoo, Amsterdam

By JohnThomas Didymus     Mar 28, 2013 in Environment
The video shows a lioness killing a heron that was foolhardy enough to land in the lion enclosure at the Artis Royal Zoo in Amsterdam.
The great blue heron lands for a drink of water in a small pool in the lions' enclosure. As The Telegraph notes the heron couldn't have picked a more dangerous spot to cool its thirst.
Note the immediate reaction of the lioness and the lightning speed of her strike. The heron hardly saw it coming. The lion plucks it out of the air as it tries to escape.
Her ever hungry family joins enthusiastically for a share as she carries her catch proudly between her teeth.
A YouTube description of the video reads: "This Dutch family was visiting the zoo on a quiet Sunday afternoon when things got a bit more exciting than seeing bored animals lying around their enclosures. A lion spots a heron near the water. Following her instincts she sneaks up on it and manages to grab it. The whole family wants in on the prize, but a sneaky cub gets away with it."
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