Insane moment eel escapes bird’s stomach
An amateur wildlife photographer has captured an eel's attempt to escape from inside the bird that ate it alive.
Sam Davis, 58, from Maryland in the US captured the incredible moment on camera. His pictures show the eel bursting out of the stomach of the great blue heron that scooped it up.
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The snake eel has a hard tip for digging around the soft sand on the ocean floor where they spend most of their time.
This eel had the idea to use that hard tip to get itself out of the bird's stomach instead. Unfortunately, from the photographs, it seems the snake eel did not survive and failed to complete its escape.
Mr Davis said he'd gone to the wildlife refuge to photograph foxes, eagles "and whatever else may be interesting".
He watched two eagles and a fox following the heron around and thought they may be preparing to strike.
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But it wasn't until he got home he realised what he was really looking at.
"Initially, I thought the heron was bitten on the neck by a snake or eel.
"When I got home and edited the photos I could see it was an eel that was coming through his neck. I could see his eyes and he was still alive," Mr Davis said.
"The wildlife refuge said they have never seen anything like that before. It is kind of a morbid photo."
Martin Fowlie, an expert from the RSPB, told MailOnline that snake eels have been recorded trying to burrow out from fish before "in order to escape being eaten".
"But I've not seen images like this before involving a bird," he said.
'I'm surprised the heron is still flying with what must be a sizeable hole in it. I would imagine that the bird won't survive such an injury though."
Originally published as Insane moment eel escapes bird's stomach