Of all the possible names, how on earth is it called the shoebill stork ? “ Monster face ” would be better. Or “ Death Pelican. ” Or “ Literally the utmost shocking raspberry On Earth. ”
Though I don’t suppose I ’d go anywhere near one, humans don’t have to worry. Shoebills, which live in the wetlands of eastern tropical Africa, are after lower prey. But only slightly lower. They eat big fish like lungfish, eels, and catfish, and also crazy stuff like Nile examiner lizards, snakes, and baby crocodiles. This raspberry eats crocodiles!
And they hunt like total heads of the swamp. The shoebill stork will stand there, motionless as a statue, and stay for some poor lungfish or baby crocodile to syncope by. also the raspberry will hurdle forward, all five bases of it, with its massive bill wide open, gulfing its target along with water, slush, foliage, and presumably any other unhappy fish minding their own business. setting down on its prey, the raspberry will start to swing its massive head back and forth, tilting out whatever stuff it doesn’t want to eat.
When there’s nothing but lungfish or crocodile left, the shoebill stork will give it a quick decapitation with the sharp edges of the bill( because of course it does) and swallow down.
Sound intimidating? Yeah, it is. But it’s also insolvable not to be impressed by these titans. Shoebills have been a cherished species for a long time. They appear in the artwork of the ancient Egyptians. Arabs reportedly called the raspberry Abu- Marchuk, or “ father of a slipper ”( just can’t get down from that shoe imagery).
So, anything cool about the bill other than that it’s gigantic, looks like footwear, and can guillotine crocodiles? Sure It makes stupendous machine- gun noises. Shoebills are silent utmost of the time but engage in “ bill- rattling ” around the nest or when chatting another raspberry. It’s loud and scary and the last sound that lots of poor examiner lizards ever hear.
By now we must have hit all the effects that are scary about the Shoebill, you must be saying. Sorry, but no.( Why would I indeed be writing these words if not to pause you into a false sense of terror completion?) Are you ready for it? They crap on their legs. Yep.
They crap on their own legs because it keeps them cool. As with other catcalls, the poop is substantially liquid, and heat from warm blood passing through the legs is used to dematerialize the liquid waste, performing in cooler blood circulating through the stork. The wisdom is fascinating, but when you get right down to it, this formerly mean- looking raspberry with a huge, rattling death bill now also has poop legs.
Beastly and intimidating though they are, it would be a real shame to have a world without Shoebills. youthful crocodiles would be far and wide! Eels! Examiner shoebill stork ! Our children and grandchildren would be overwhelmed. Lungfish, far and wide! Let’s work on appreciating these feathered shoebill stork monsters, and let them do their slush- eating, guillotining thing. But you might not want to look at them too nearly. That death regard will hang you in your dreams.