Canada v US: Loon pierces the eagle through the heart

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Jon Winslow / Internal Fisheries Department

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The lunatics are known to defend their chicks from eagles

As with global affairs, nature has its pecking order.

And in a fight between the bald eagle, the American national bird and a common moody, which is featured on the Canadian dollar coin, few would bet on the latter to come out on top.

But sometimes the loser comes out on top, as it was revealed when an eagle was found dead in the water near a moody dead chick in a Maine lake.

A necropsy revealed that he was killed by a stab in the heart by the beak of a lunatic.

Baby loons are common preys for eagles, which are fearsome hunters.

Bald eagles are protected in the United States and their remains are typically sent directly to the National Eagle Repository in Colorado.

In the United States, it is a crime to kill an eagle, own one or disturb its remains, except for special exemptions, such as the use of Native American ceremonies.

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Nat Woodruff discovered the dead eagle in a lake

But after seeing a moody chick who died so close to the carcass, scientists began to wonder if the eagle could have been killed by a furious mad mother in an avian equivalent of David and Goliath.

Then they sent the eagle not to the eagle’s repository, but to the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, where it could be examined by a loon specialist.

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The Maine guardian, Neal Wykes, inspects the dead bald eagle

There, a pathologist discovered that the eagle died with a quick stab to the heart from what appeared to be a moody beak, and the chick had signs of eagle claws, indicating that it had been caught by an eagle.

A neighbor also told wildlife investigators that they had heard a “hype” the night before.

Wildlife biologist Danielle D’Auria, who works for Maine’s Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, shared news on the department’s blog, noting that it is the first confirmed case of a moody man killing an eagle.

“Who would think a lunatic would have a chance against such a powerful predator?” she wrote.

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