Seagull Swallows Rabbit Whole

A seagull was observed digging a rabbit out of its hole and swallowing it whole recently. The surprising sight was caught on camera on Skomer Island in Wales.

The amazing footage shows how the Great Black-backed Gull was able to devour the rabbit, albeit with some difficulty.


This isn’t the first time we’ve seen this behavior. The footage below was shot on Skokholm, an island neighboring Skomer off the Welsh coast.

While it may seem shocking or just plain wrong, the Wildlife Trust experts on Skomer Island said rabbits are actually an important part of these birds’ diet.

“Rabbits are an important part of their diet when none or very few small seabirds or seabird chicks are available,” they told Wales Online.

Click here to watch another bird that surprisingly preys on small mammals.

Seagulls are known for their — shall we say — unique personalities. This one, for instance, casually walked into a convenience store and got himself a sandwich.

These guys apparently have a penchant for shoplifting, because here we are again:

With the prominence of smaller, portable cameras, there are more opportunities for mischievous seagulls to attempt to shoot some aerial photography — like this one in Cies Islands, Spanish Galicia.

This one pooped on a cat:

This one’s doing a rain dance on someone’s lawn (apparently mimicking the sound of rain brings worms to the surface.)

And this one just finds himself hilarious.

What will we catch them doing next?