On an SBS program, zookeepers were should trying to appease a living dinosaur… the shoebill pelican!
The species is named after its bill, which is shaped like a shoe. This shoebill, in particular, is still in its youth.
According to the zookeeper, shoebills are the rarest descendants of dinosaurs.
Their first attempt at feeding the shoebill doesn’t go well, as he simply isn’t interested in the fish they offer him.
He straight up refused to eat fish from Korea!
Even when they offered him a new, more lively meal of live frogs, he just wasn’t having it!
The zookeepers were in a difficult position. After all, when a living dinosaur is in your care, you have to do your best to make sure he thrives! With that in mind, they special ordered polypterus fish from Africa, which is where the shoebill is from.
The fish, which cost roughly $200 USD each, appeared to entice the shoebill as he drooled just ever so slightly.
Because shoebills are hunters, they have a specific method in which they catch their food, which is that they wait until their prey comes up for air before striking.
After staring at his prey intently for three hours (no joke), the shoebill finally goes in for the kill.
Best $200 ever spent? Well… the shoebill probably thinks so!
Watch the whole video below to see how they solved other dilemmas in trying to appease their living dinosaur friend!