Man’s prized plant eats bird

Gardening expert Nigel Hewitt Cooper has admitted he was stunned to find his Monkey Cup Pitcher plant had eaten a bird, the Sun reports.

Monkey Cup Pitchers are carnivorous. But the sticky, sweet liquid they secret usually attracts just small insects in their native South East Asia. Catching larger mammals is extremely rare in their native habitat, and almost unheard of by a cultivated plant. However, Chelsea Flower Show prize winner Cooper discovered his specimen had eaten a Blue Tit.

"In the wild they've been known to kill mice and the largest pitcher plants kill rats. But for a plant in Britain to kill a fully grown blue tit, it's amazing," Cooper explained. "The bird must have been attracted to the insects around the pitcher, sat on its lip and fallen in. 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."

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Meat-eating plant quiz
Monkey Cup Pitchers aren't the only meat-eating plants. There are 625 varieties of carnivorous plants in the world and all share one common trait, their use of cunning methods to catch their prey. Can you tell which of the hunting tricks below are real or fake? Take our quick Bing quiz and find out...

The cobra lily has clear cells on the top of its trap. The cells work like a skylight, making its mouth seem safe and more enticing for their prey?
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Sundew plants cover themselves with droplets of liquid that look like refreshing dew every morning. Passing insects get stuck to the drops and are digested by the plant.
True or false.

The most famous meat-eating plant, the Venus Fly Trap, booby-traps its own leaves with trigger hairs. To conserve energy though, trigger hairs need to be touched twice for its trap to be sprung.
True or false.

Bladderwort plants use a hinged door to create a vacuum within their bladders. Any small creature tempted to go near the door are quickly sucked insider and eaten by the plant.
True or false.