5@5: Camera Catches Deer Eating a Bird [VIDEO]

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So I saw this story, then of course I had to google “deer eats bird” and the following video showed up.  Skip to about the :50 second mark to see the carnage!  Ok… its not really carnage, but it is kinda weird.  I love the commentary too!  “Michuuul… hee ate uh burd!”  -z

The famous line from The Simpsons might be accurate – If a cow ever got the chance, he’d eat you and everyone you ever cared about.

Deer aren’t the slim, graceful vegans we thought they were. Scientists using field cameras have caught deer preying on nestling song birds. And it’s not just deer. Herbivores the world over may be supplementing their diets.

When researchers in North Dakota set up “nest cams” over the nests of song birds, they expected to see a lot of nestlings and eggs get taken by ground squirrels, foxes, and badgers. Squirrels hit thirteen nests, but other meat-eaters made a poor showing. Foxes and weasels only took one nest each. Know what fearsome animal out-did either of those two sleek, resourceful predators?

White-tailed deer.

These supposed herbivores placidly ate living nestlings right out of the nest. And if you’re thinking that it must be a mistake, that the deer were chewing their way through some vegetation and happened to get a mouthful of bird, think again. Up in Canada, a group of ornithologists were studying adult birds. In order to examine them closely, the researchers used “mist-nets.” These nets, usually draped between trees, are designed to trap birds or bats gently so they could be collected, studied, and released. When a herd of deer came by, they deer walked up to the struggling birds and ate them alive, right out of the nets.

i09 has the full story here.

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