A hungry Pelican ate a pigeon in St. James Park in London (from the BBC)

An RSPB spokesman said: “It is almost unheard of for a pelican to eat a bird. Their diet should be strictly fish.”

Mr McNaughton, from the Press Association, said: “The pelican was on the towpath preening itself, and there were a lot of tourists watching it.  

“Then the bird got up and strolled along until it reached one of the pigeons, which it just grabbed in its beak.

“There was a bit of a struggle for about 20 minutes, with all these people watching. The pelican only opened its mouth a couple of times.

“Then it managed to get the pigeon to go head first down its throat. It was kicking and flapping the whole way down.”

Sounds like a smart step up to me. There are certainly a lot more pigeons than fish in most of the parks in London.

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