Eagle’s meal stolen when more ferocious predator spawns, video shows

A young eagle feasts on a dead deer in northern Minnesota, until a more ferocious predator appears.

Video screenshot provided by Gary Peterson.

A young bald eagle was caught on surveillance camera enjoying a deer carcass in peace, when the silence of the snowy woods was suddenly broken – and its feast violently stolen.

In the video, taken Jan. 1 in northern Minnesota, the eagle is seen preying on the deer, according to Gary Peterson, who captured the video and shared it on Facebook.

The eagle has yet to develop its iconic coloring, which typically occurs around the age of 4 to 5, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Despite its youth, the bird still far outstrips the squadron of crows that hopping and fluttering around it, waiting for their chance to grab a few beaks of food.

The pecking order seems established, until another eagle, bigger and older, looms out of the frame and takes on the competition, the video shows.

“Wow. The boss has arrived! A commentator wrote on Peterson’s post.

In a split second, the striker has the surprised young eagle on his back. The two fight, fight, kick and yell at each other for a while, until the smaller bird gets a foothold again.

Separated with the carcass between them, they seem to settle down before the aggressor flies off towards the other eagle, forcing it to retreat.

Victorious, the mature bald eagle heads for the feast and lets out several high-pitched chirps.

“No matter how tall and fierce you are, there is always someone taller and fiercer!” a comment on the post read.

“Incredible interaction to capture! Another said. “Pretty clear who’s boss. “

Although bald eagles are great hunters, they are also known to occasionally scavenge already dead animals, according to the National Wildlife Federation.

Mitchell Willetts is a real-time reporter covering the central United States for McClatchy. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and an outdoor enthusiast living in Texas.

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