Animals are unpredictable creatures at the best of times. Take your family dog as an example, one minute it’s behaving itself impeccably, the next, it’s racing off into the distance as you hopelessly shout its name.
Luckily, dogs are a little more researched – there is very little that you cannot glean about their behavior by a quick Google search. Meanwhile, other little known animals roam the planet under the watchful eye of scientists who aim to understand them. One of these particular animals is the coconut crab.
The creature, which looks like something you conjured up in your worst nightmare, is a far cry from the tiny specimens you catch with a $3 crab line at the beach.
Found predominantly in Indonesia, the coconut crab has seen its population diminish over the years as they are hunted by humans. Extinct in some local areas, the enormous creatures have become popular with research scientists who hope to conserve them.
However, many are calling for coconut crabs to be exterminated after haunting video footage of a colossal crab devouring a BIRD emerged online…
The crab’s peculiar behavior was observed by researcher, Mark Laidre, who witnessed the sinister moment that the crab climbed a tree to seek out its prey.
He watched, dumbfounded, as the crab used its colossal pincers to pinch the bird out of its nest where it had been cosily sleeping. The struggling bird then plunged to the ground where it met its gruesome fate.
Up until now, it was believed that coconut crabs feasted predominantly on fleshy fruits. Often they consume dead animals and unfortunate tortoise hatchlings, but rarely have they been seen to stalk and kill their own prey.
This rare observation has caused alarm among those who never feared the coconut crab, which harnesses a colossal strength. Many question if the creatures are developing a taste for blood as they evolve, after being mercilessly kicked out of their natural habitat by humans who have claimed their home as their own.
The chilling footage shows the crab pierce the struggling birds flesh with its pincers, before it goes on to break its wings. Completely defenseless, the bird has no way to protect itself from its impending death.
“At that point, when both its wings were broken and it was on the ground, it couldn’t go anywhere,” said Laidre.
As the killer crab began to consume its haul, five more crabs descended on the “gruesome” scene.
The incident has prompted Laidre to plan further research into the creature’s habits. He now intends to rig the area with hidden cameras so that he can monitor their behavior further.
The peculiar incident has left residents of the area uncomfortable, which is understandable when you learn that coconut crabs can generate a force which is comparable to a lion’s bite.
In fact, there is a goosebump-inducing theory that the body of iconic female aviator, Amelia Earhart was never found because she’d been eaten by coconut crabs. The American adventurer went missing in 1937, with no hint of her being seen since.
The moral of this story: stay away from coconut crabs. Which shouldn’t be a challenge given their terrifying appearance.
If you are curious by these peculiar creatures, then this video will tell you all that you need to know – including how to cook them! They are quite the delicacy on islands across the Indian Ocean…