Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The trouble with eating things with claws

... is that they can get you even after you've killed them! If you need another reason to stay away from eating chicken-feet, check out this photo: they might be kinda hard to swallow!


Note, however, that this is not a case of a bird trying to fight its way out of they hawk's gullet - more an accident when you try to swallow sharp objects that can rupture your crop and burst through your skin! This poor little Sharp-shinned Hawk had properly killed the small bird it was trying to eat, but appears to have bitten off more than it could swallow, resulting in a rather bizarre death. Can we nominate this hawk for a Darwin Award?

[From Dead Hawk's Last Meal Claws Partway Out]


Emily Felts April 30, 2008 at 10:36 PM  

Wow! Poor hawk. I always wondered about if these things happened like if a insect ancestor that lived before the reinforcing skeleton in their skull evolved bit something too hard and had its own head crushed by its massive jaw muscles. This will also give me another neurosis when I watch my snake eat rats, should I file down their claws beforehand?


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