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'Shot through the heart': Loon fatally stabs bald eagle in defence of chicks

'Shot through the heart': Loon fatally stabs bald eagle in defence of chicks

Moulton wrote a blog post titled "Bald Eagle Shot Through the Heart – By a Loon!"

After the dead bald eagle was found floating face-down in Highland Lake in Maine last summer near a dead loon chick, Moulton was “intrigued,” she wrote, adding that a woman in a nearby cabin said she’d heard a “hullabaloo” the night before “consistent with agitated loons.”

We are seeing more and more eagle predation on loon chicks and even adult loons.

When X-ray returned no evidence of a bullet, but an external exam revealed a puncture wound, researchers sent the bald eagle to the National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin.

“This puncture wound could have been due to an adult loon’s beak as a result of its attempt to protect its chick from the eagle,” wrote Moulton, adding that marks consistent with the spacing of eagle talons were found on the loon chick.

Source: www.ctvnews.ca
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