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Friday, August 5, 2011

Killer plant 'eats' blue tit at Somerset nursery!


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bbc.co.uk / 5 August 2011 Last updated at 11:30 GMT.

Blue tit caught inside pitcher plant
It is believed to be only the second time such a carnivorous plant has been documented eating a bird.

A plant has killed and "eaten" a blue tit at a garden nursery in Somerset.

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.


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