There have long been some bloodcurdling rumors about coconut crabs, which goes like the creepy creature would attack passersby, dismember them and bury their bones underground.
Scientists have already known that coconut crabs ate coconuts. But what else do they eat? This query tickles scientists' curiosities.
And now, eventually, scientists have video evidence to prove that coconut crabs are able to climb trees and prey on adult birds in their nests.
The animals grow into the same size of dogs. They are capable of climbing trees, using their incisive claws to rend solid matter got into their ways to pieces.
On the Chagos Archipelago in the middle of the Indian Ocean, some people witnessed a crab hunted down an adult red-footed booby and dragged the poor victim into its burrow in 2014.
Researchers went into investigation. And they discovered that deep inside the predator’s burrow was teemed with skeleton of red-footed boobies.
One month later, researchers successfully obtained visual proof which authenticated that the fierce crabs did catch and feed on full-grown birds.
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