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Video: Great Blue Heron Swallows Baby Gator Whole

Florida wildlife photographer Shellie Gilliam said the hungry bird, a Great Blue Heron, spent a half hour consuming the juvenile reptile after capturing it a few hundred yards away near Lake Apopka.

According to the photog, “I first thought it was a large fish or a greater siren, but upon closer review through my camera, discovered it was a large juvenile alligator!”

Gilliam said the bird took off with it in its mouth and flew to the spot seen in the video and pictures. That’s where it consumed it.

“I had to walk a few hundred yards back to where he landed, whew. Once in a lifetime experience,” she said.