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Well, damn, loon! Take yo' revenge, gurl

Sounds like justifiable homicide to me. America's Official Bird© thuggin' it out...and nobody saw nuthin' when he got

[quote]A bald eagle found dead in Maine last year was killed by a vicious peck from a loon, according to the results of a recent autopsy by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

[quote]Wildlife biologist Danielle D’Auria shared the shocking results of her find on the department’s website earlier this week, in what she said was an extremely unusual case. She says bald eagles are known to prey on loon chicks and the occasional adult, but experts have never before seen evidence of a loon taking down an eagle.

[quote]Who would think a loon would stand a chance against such a powerful predator?” D’Auria wrote in a blog post.

[quote]Wildlife officials recovered the dead bald eagle from a lake in Bridgton, Maine, last July. They also found a dead loon chick near the eagle’s body, and one witness reported hearing a loud “hullabaloo” from the loons outside her cabin around the time it happened. [bold]No one actually saw the eagle’s death.[/bold]

[quote]It’s illegal for humans to shoot bald eagles in the U.S., and a game warden initially suspected that this eagle had been shot in the chest.

[quote]However, a radiograph found no evidence of metal inside the dead eagle’s body, prompting experts to suspect that a clever loon might have delivered the killing blow with its beak while trying to defend its young.

[quote]“The size of the puncture wound was similar to the size of a loon’s bill, and it extended straight to the heart, which likely led to a quick death,” D’Auria wrote.

[quote]She added that “such a case has not been documented before,” but loon-eagle conflicts have become more common as the bald eagles’ population has grown.

[quote]Loons have sharp, pointed bills, and they will often use them in fights with one another, she explained. The birds will dive beneath the water and then come surging up toward the surface to puncture a foe’s chest.

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by Team Loonreply 4Last Friday at 12:29 PM

There is no end to Matt's depravity.

by Team Loonreply 1Last Friday at 6:18 AM

You deserve a shirt for that.

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by Team Loonreply 2Last Friday at 6:20 AM

Cool article. Thanks OP.

by Team Loonreply 3Last Friday at 8:03 AM

My mom's cousin once saw an eagle or a hawk fall out of the sky. When he located the dead bird on the ground, he found a (dead) hummingbird stuck to its chest, having impaled the bigger bird with its needle-like bill.

by Team Loonreply 4Last Friday at 12:29 PM
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