Hobbit-eating storks.

I bet they tasted better than babies. Discovery explores the frankly terrifying implications of a new fossil discovery:

Named Leptoptilos robustus, this newly discovered stork was similar to a modern-day marabou stork except it stood at a height of almost two meters. Based on the predatory behavior of the living marabou stork, some scientist have suggested the possibility that this giant stork hunted and fed upon young hobbits. (You can see an illustration comparing the size of the stork compared to a H. floresiensis here.)

Hat-tip to Keep Your Pebbles.