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Most people take one glance at the Shoebill stork and have a hard time believing it’s a living, breathing bird.
I can totally see why; it looks more like a character from a Jim Henson movie, or a prehistoric creature, than a bird that is currently making its home in the African wetlands.
Even Audubon.org calls the Shoebill “The Most Frightening Bird On Earth.”
The Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) is as big and tall as an average-sized child. Its beak? Massive. Its wingspan? Huge! Its feet? Gigantic!
The Animal Kingdom never ceases to amaze, and it’s easy to see why photos of the Shoebill are going viral and making readers do a double-take…
Shoebills are known to stand completely still for hours at a time.
According to Audubon.org, “The Shoebill will stand there, motionless as a statue, and wait for some poor lungfish or baby crocodile to swim by. Then the bird will pounce forward, all five feet of it, with its massive bill wide open, engulfing its target along with water, mud, vegetation, and probably any other hapless fish minding their own business.”