Most mothers would not be happy with this great blue heron, who didn't take the time to chew before it swallowed.
Jessie Garza posted a video to Facebook of the great blue heron in his front yard in Zillah, Washington. The majestic bird can be seen hunting, killing and swallowing a small gopher.
Remarkably, many of the great blue heron's distinguishing characteristics are on display in the video: its specially shaped neck vertebrae, its frighteningly fast striking speed and its ability to swallow small mammals whole.
To see why this animal is a favorite of nature enthusiasts, check out the video above.