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A Photographer Catches a Once-in-a-Lifetime Occurrence of an Eel Tears a Heron's Neck

eel burst out of heron's neck, rare occurrence
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Having a camera with a great lens must be exciting as it means you would be able to picture tons of many beautiful, happy, or weird moments you can find. Some of the shots are common ones as you can plan where and when to take them.   

A picture can worth a million dollars, if not more, depending on the value, quality, and of course the beautiful meaning behind it. Once you capture precious moments you won’t stop to get more and more pictures.

How about a rare encounter with wild things? Those are moments that aren’t planned or scheduled as it can happen anytime, anywhere.

Not so long ago, a photographer caught a bizarre occurrence where a snake eel ruptured a heron’s gut while flying when it was supposed to be dead when swallowed. Sam Davis was the guy who took the once-in-a-life-time shot in Delaware.

Davis took the photo using a long-range camera, and he managed to capture it from quite a distance of 70-90 meters away. At first, the man who’s an engineer from Maryland thought that it was a snake or eel biting the heron’s neck.

eel burst out of heron's neck, rare occurrence
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The bird didn’t seem to act much differently. It was in the water and flying around. Meanwhile, the eel was arching its body, so I guess it was still alive at some point, Davis said, according to Live Science.

The pictures were actually captured back then in 2011, but he later decided it to share them on a wildlife-related website some months ago.

Typically, an eel wouldn’t survive after it’s swallowed by predators, but these pictures showed us that there are lots of nature phenomena that many wouldn’t believe such infrequent incident happens if they weren’t captured.

eel burst out of heron's neck, rare occurrence
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To people who watched Ridley Scott’s Alien movie, these photos may remind them about the hit Hollywood movie franchise starring Sigourney Weaver. The alien insert a person’s mouth and starts consuming the body inside, until it’s ready to come out and burst out from the host body.

The bird can be seen as if it wasn’t in pain although it did, but it didn’t act like one. The chance of the eel to survive would be if it landed near a habitable place. The bird would also be in the same situation as it may catch infection from the injury.

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