Planet Earth II’s final episode last night left viewers brimming with amazement once more, this time at a giant predatory fish who hunts down pigeons.

The ancient French city of Albi plays host to ‘monstrous’ Wels catfish, who have ‘virtually exterminated the local fish stocks’ over forty years, according to David Attenborough.

And BBC One viewers could barely stomach footage of pigeons being ambushed by the scaly killers as they took a casual dip in the River Tarn.

Because pretty much everyone can agree birds are meant to eat fish, seeing the finned catfish get their own back felt all kinds of wrong.

Apparently it’s the pigeons’ biggest strength — a lack of fear — that allows the beasts to prey on them so easily.

It seems a catish is only able to pick off one pigeon at a time, usually by pulling down their feet with their mouths.

Seeing as pigeons have lived in Albi for as long as we humans have, it’s rather unfortunate that they’re now being hunted by an upstart, watery intruder.

‘After thousands of years living in this city, pigeons are now having to learn to avoid a fish,’ said Attenborough.


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