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Fishermen Rescue Bald Eagle From The Clutches Of An Octopus Near Vancouver Island

It’s no secret that bald eagles are some of the fiercest birds to roam the skies.

Heck, why else would they be the national bird of the United States, a unifying symbol of strength, freedom, and courage.

These majestic creatures perfectly illustrate the 50 Stars and 13 Bars, by God.

That being said, I’ve seen countless videos of majestic birds taking down prey with ease, and that includes even flying off with pets (a few of those pets were lucky, like the domestic goose that was saved by its topless owner who was breastfeeding her baby).

Needless to say, the bald eagle wins more than it loses, and the only predator I’ve seen fighting is a mama bear, do everything to feed their young.

However, this video from Vancouver Island, British Columbia changed my mind… and it’s of an animal you would least expect.

We’re talking about an octopus who basically made this bald eagle his dog.

Well I have no idea how the bird got caught in the squid’s tentacles, maybe it was trying to grab a fish or the squid itself, but it was definitely on the wrong end of a losing battle.

All I know is that the bald eagle narrowly escaped a brutal fate at the hands (or tentacles) of the octopus. And by narrowly escaped, I mean it pretty much had to be rescued by these guys in a boat.

Of course, octopuses are among the most intelligent creatures to roam the ocean, so this video might not be quite as surprising as it might seem.

Listen:

Bald eagle delivers domestic cat for chicks to eat

A man must eat, and so must his family…

Unfortunately, our favorite furry critters can be easy targets for birds that choose to make homes near an urban environment.

It is widely rumored that many raptor nests are studded with many different collars from cats and smaller dogs. There is no question that these birds are absolute killers… assassins of the sky.

Eagles are particularly good at hunting. They have far better eyesight than humans and it is said that what we can see 5 feet away, they see the same way 20 feet away. They also see in UV light, meaning any mark left by an animal is easily picked up and attracted.

Yes, that means your dog pee-covered yard is a clear target for these birds to keep an eye on.

What’s funny about this particular video is that it’s about a domestic cat. Cats are known to cause far more bird deaths in North America than any other cause. Seriously, they kill millions of birds every year.

So while we think it’s cute when our pet lands on the front step proud of their kill, it’s hard to get upset when something comes after, isn’t it?

I mean, I get it…they’re pets…there’s a difference. But we have to be realistic about what’s happening out there in the wild.

These eagles here are shown with a parent and two chicks in a nest. It is a common research tool and is often streamed live to observe an eagle’s nest. A lot of cool stuff can be captured, just like this instance right here.

The adult eagle in the nest looks back and another flies in and lands in the nest.

At first it’s hard to say what, but this eagle brought home dinner. After we get the slo-mo replay you can see there is a house cat done in the nest…all you can really see is the head…

According to the author of the video, this eagle is called Harriet:

“Harriet flies into the nest with a run over cat (head and foot). She most likely picked it up off the side of the road after the cat was unfortunate enough to run into a car and brought it to the nest as prey for the E’s.

Eagles are opportunistic hunters, nothing is wasted in nature. The cat’s head on the nest can be difficult to see, and some viewers may wish to limit their observation until it is disposed of one way or another. Poor kitten…”

Keep your kittens close when you have birds of prey around.

Bald eagle grabs someone’s cat in Minnesota

Take care of your pets…

These aerial predators do not differentiate between domesticated or wild animal species. They only care about their next meal.

Unfortunately, our beloved pets, whether small dogs or cats, are generally insanely easy targets for them. Just like one of those flying dinosaurs swoops down on rabbits, prairie dogs, and even fish, eagles think nothing of digging their claws into Fluffy, the 2-pound rodent you keep in your purse (sorry, that’s not a dog). .

There are many stories about it, be it an owl getting a dog, finding leashes in a nest or in this case an eagle flying with a cat. hell, in some parts of the world, golden eagles They have been known to attack small children.

It happens… small pets just look delicious to them. Therefore, you should be on guard in an area with known predators. They’re sneaky, they’re fast, and by the time you see them, it’s too late.

This video shows how easily they can deal with an ordinary house cat.

A woman drives and films an eagle sitting in a park.

You know something is wrong with the situation because an eagle never just sits in a park pretending to relax. Something else has to happen…

When the eagle takes off, it quickly becomes apparent that there is something else. As you take off, a house cat that was in a ball takes shape again so you can see what the eagle is having for lunch.

It almost tore it in two.

And at first glance you see the eagle, but you don’t really get a sense of its massive size until it flies away, spreading its massive wingspan.

I hate to say this, but I can’t help but feel like it’s a bit of karma. Outdoor domestic cats are the biggest killers of songbirds in North America and this time ends with another bird… seems a little fitting.

The video is from a guy up in Two Harbors, Minnesota:

“My dog, Keisha and I were driving around to photograph wildlife when I saw this eagle sitting on the ground. He quarreled with two black birds. I decided to take a picture of him. This would be the first picture of an eagle that I take.

When I started to drive closer to him, he didn’t move. So I decided to make a video of him. I thought taking off in flight would be a great video. I was shocked. I didn’t see that coming.

My dog ​​and I just sat there and thought what did we just see?”

Bald eagles ravage lambs in Idaho

Beginning in April, bald eagles began stealing sheep from Rocky Matthews, a rancher near Murtaugh Lake in Idaho.

Last spring, 54 of his lambs were poached by the birds, including 7 in one day, all of which were reportedly killed by an eagle.

“I really think he just honed his skills because you don’t kill seven of them out of necessity.”

At first, Matthews wasn’t sure what exactly was killing all of his lambs until he saw a bald eagle attack his flock from the sky. For a moment he even thought someone was going to shoot them with shotguns.

The eagles have nested on his ranch without incident for more than 20 years, but that has changed this year.

“They never crossed paths until this year. The damage under the skin is a hundred times greater than on the outside.”

He estimates the losses on those lambs cost him about $7,500. He also suspects the eagles were attracted to his sheep because colder than usual water temperatures in the lake at this time of year may have made fishing more difficult for the birds.

Mr. Matthews has since relocated his flock further away from the Eagles and into an area with more barn cover. Meanwhile, Idaho Fish and Game referred him to the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program to explore possible solutions.

Since shooting the birds isn’t an option like other livestock-threatening predators, his only option was to move them. Eagles are protected federally, and those caught poaching could face up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine.

Hopefully the new location works for the better as the current rate of predation is unsustainable for a ranch operation.

“In 45 days I won’t have any more sheep.”

The neighboring state of Wyoming recently approved a plan to relocate a number of golden eagles with a similar habit of chasing sheep, but there is no indication that an option is being explored in this case.

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