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Was 2017 the year animals turned cannibal?

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Was 2017 the year animals turned cannibal?
A snake regurgitated another snake whole earlier this year – it was still alive (Picture: Storyful)

The animal kingdom can be a scary place.

TV fans have been gripped by the return of the spectacular Planet series, with David Attenborough bringing follow-ups to 2001’s Blue Planet and Planet Earth within a year of each other.

So it is clear the nation remains fascinated with nature in all of its brutality.

Metro.co.uk has done some research and it appears viral videos from the past year have also been predominantly focussed on animals.

But disastrously it appears creatures from across the globe have been linked by one common thread – cannibalism.

Psycho seagull

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A bloodthristy gull was filmed swallowing a much smaller pigeon whole before casually walking away without a second glance.

It takes the gull just seconds to devour its victim alive.

The horrific clip, filmed in Rome, Italy, left some viewers traumatised when it went viral earlier this year.

Snake on snake

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Christopher Denmon’s video of a snake regurgitating another – live – snake after devouring it whole, went viral earlier this year.

The aspiring artist and photographer racked up more than 4.5 million views on his YouTube video, filmed on a roadside in Texas, US.

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Not long after turning on his camera, the snake brought up its eaten prey and increidbly, it was still breathing.

‘That is his super, ultra, lottery-lucky day,’ Denmon says in the clip.

It’s not the first time snakes have eaten their own kind – albeit different species.

In January, an eastern bwon snake – one of the world’s most venomous – shocked a woman in Australia by devouring an entirte carpet python.

Chimpanzee eats one of its own

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The BBC’s Planet Earth covered cannibal chimps in Africa in brutal but fascinating footage earlier this year.

But a recent report suggests it was not the first incident of its kind.

The American Journal of Physical Anthropology published a case study in September of a male chimpanzee snatching a seconds-old newborn and eating it.

Scientists say female chimpanzees normally hide themselves away during the later stages of pregnancy – and this could explain why.

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