Monkey Cup swallows blue tit

I don’t know what’s weirder about this Huffington Post story: that a plant can actually eat a bird or that there’s a bird named the blue tit.

Either way, it’s pretty Little Shop of Horrors! These little blue feathers sticking out are CREEPY!

The Huff Post reports it’s the second time in history a killer plant has gobbled a blue tit. (The BBC calls it a great tit in its story. I like that too.) The scene of this particular crime was the prize-winning tropical garden of Nigel Hewitt-Cooper in Somerset England. The suspect: Nepenthes x mixta, or Monkey Cup pitcher, a murderous South East Asian native better known for snacking on frogs, lizards, mice and — when they get ambitious — rats. Its M.O. is to attract and trap critters with a pool of liquid.

Yum.

The gardener told the BBC he thought the blue/great tit might have been attracted to bugs in the plant’s cup and leaned in too far, becoming trapped. Ironically, the Monkey Cup’s eyes may have been bigger than his stomach. Hewitt-Cooper told a British tabloid the plant can’t finish. “It’s proved a bit much for the plant too because it’s not been able to fully digest the bird, which has gone a bit rotten.”

I hope Hewitt-Cooper doesn’t have small children.

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Paysha Rhone is a wife, mother, former-journalist-turned-PR-maven and bad mamajama killing plants in the Victorian splendor of Fitchburg, Massachusetts.
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