Animals Video

By Randal Coombs

A stealthy lion managed to sneak up on a heron before gobbling him up in shocking zoo footage.

Max Quinn was on holiday in Amsterdam when he visited the Artis Zoo and spotted the circle of life in action.

Spotting the unsuspecting bird drinking nearby, one of the lions crept out of the shadows and padded silently towards its prey.

Finally within range, the big cat pounces and manages to clutch its dinner despite its best efforts to fly away.

The footage, which was filmed in July 2017 but has only been uploaded to YouTube recently, ends with the lion killing the bird.

Max said: “The lions eventually took the bird off into the shady area and proceeded to eat it.

“All in all, everything was over in five minutes.”

This isn’t the first time herons have been caught and eaten at Artis Zoo, with it happening in both 2012 and 2016.