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Killer plant caught on camera eating blue tit

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Nurseryman Nigel Hewitt-Cooper, from West Pennard, was inspecting his tropical garden when he discovered one of his pitcher plants had trapped the bird.

He said he was “absolutely staggered” to find it had caught the creature.

It is believed to be only the second time such a carnivorous plant has been documented eating a bird anywhere in the world.

“I’ve got a friend who’s studied these particular plants extensively in the wild and he’s never found evidence of any of them having caught birds,” said Mr Hewitt-Cooper…

“The larger ones frequently take frogs, lizards and mice, and the biggest ones have been found with rats in them, but to find a bird in one is pretty unusual…”

Mr Hewitt-Cooper said he thought the blue tit had been attracted to the plant on Saturday by the insects and landed on its leaf.

“I think it must have leant in to pluck out an insect that was floating on the fluid inside, tipped in too far and become wedged and unable to get out.”

Nature is the ultimate opportunist. Mindless, reactionary in the physical sense.

My only problem with opportunism is hypocrites who think they turn it into ideological virtue.

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Written by Ed Campbell

August 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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