Canada and the US are nice allies, however that doesn’t imply their fowl are pleasant.
A bald eagle, America’s nationwide image, and a loon, which graces the Canadian greenback coin, had a nasty conflict — and solely the loon survived, the BBC reported.
A mom loon took down the eagle by stabbing it within the heart with her beak, a necropsy confirmed.
The eagle was discovered floating in a Maine lake close to a useless loon chick; the child birds are widespread prey for the heavy-beaked eagles.
Scientists within the Pine Tree State figured one thing fishy should be up as a result of the chick and the eagle have been so shut collectively — they usually have been proper.
A pathologist on the Nationwide Wildlife Well being Heart in Wisconsin decided the eagle died on the hand of a mom loon, and her child had eagle talon marks, the outlet reported.
Maine’s wildlife company claims the eagle’s dying is the primary confirmed case of a loon slaying an eagle.
“Who would assume a loon would stand a probability towards such a highly effective predator?” wildlife biologist Danielle D’Auria wrote on the division’s weblog.