Heron kills and eats baby alligator

Heron kills and eats baby alligator

A heron has been spotted munching on a baby alligator that he killed.

Photographer Scott Martin couldn't believe his eyes when he caught the bird tucking into the little crocodilian in the Viera Wetlands, near Melbourne, in Florida recently.

Scott said: "The great blue heron 'played' with the little gator for at least 20 minutes before killing and swallowing it."

The footage was uploaded to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's Facebook account and a spokesperson for the company explained: "Great blue herons eat nearly anything within striking distance, including fish, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, insects and other birds. This large, wading bird is a familiar sight to most Floridians. It's a permanent resident of wetlands throughout the state, often seen along ponds, lakes and canals in housing developments."