Friday, 26 August 2011

Pitcher gets tit!

Old news, I know, but hey!

According to this BBC article from 5th August, a Somerset nurseryman found the remains of a great tit in this large pitcher plant at his nursery. 

It's not that unusual for pitcher plants to catch frogs, lizards and mice, as well as the insects they presumably mainly target, but this seems to be only the second time a bird-for-lunch has been reported.

The assumption is that the bird landed on the edge of the pitcher, leaned in to steal a tasty insect snack, lost its balance and landed head first in the pan.  When our cat drinks from the bog, I worry that the same will happen to her!

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