Disappeared in one gulp! Momentarily, a hungry heron shoots a 20-year-old pet fish
- Photographer Gary Clarke shot the footage outside his Liverpool home
- The 47-year-old said he had heard a commotion and went to investigate
- He saw a gray heron trying to swallow a gold wolf from his pond
A hungry heron was caught on camera eating a 20-year-old fish.
Photographer Gary Clarke took the footage outside his Liverpool home after the bird grabbed a golden root from his pond.
The 47-year-old said he heard a commotion and investigated, but “couldn’t believe his eyes.”
Photographer Gary Clarke took the footage outside his Liverpool home after the bird snatched a gold wolf from his pond
The bird seemed to have bitten off more than it could chew when it dropped its snack on the floor
The clip shows the gray heron struggling with the big orange fish in an attempt to gobble it up.
But it appears the bird has bitten off more than it could chew while dropping its snack on the floor.
Moments later, he is ready to eat again while taking the Golden Orfe back into his mouth.
It eventually maneuvers the fish into the perfect position and swallows it whole.
Gary, 47, said he heard a commotion and investigated but ‘couldn’t believe his eyes’ when the heron tried to swallow the fish as a pet
The gray heron fought the fish before finally maneuvering it into the perfect position and swallowing it whole
Gary, a self-employed kitchen and bathroom technician, said, “We must have had the fish that grew so big for over 20 years.
So it was quite painful to watch the bird devour the Golden Orfe.
“Ultimately it’s nature and the heron has to eat, I suppose.”
Golden Orfe are active schooling fish that can reach more than 60 cm in length.
They are often a popular choice for those with ponds because they don’t seem to be prey to many of the diseases or parasites that affect other common fish – such as goldfish and koi – and are fairly resistant to diseases and conditions.
Orfe can often live up to 20 years, although there have been some reports of them getting closer to the age of 30.