By Alana Theron

Crab Defeats a Bald Eagle

By Alana Theron

Eagles come in many different forms, ranging from the small South Nicobar serpent eagle weighing only 450g  to the largest of all, the giant Philippine eagle weighing up to 8kg.

But one thing that binds these birds is their predatory instincts

The bald eagle is characterized by a white head contrasting with a dark brown body, with sharp talons and a yellow break.

The habitat of eagles ranges around all parts of the world, they can be found in tundras, rainforests, and desert biomes.

However, golden and bald eagles are very common in North America.

The bald eagle mates for life, and a female eagle will lay between 1-3 eggs per year, which take approximately 35 days to hatch.

Once the chicks have hatched, the parents take turns to brood the hatchling for the first week.

After that, the male will forage and bring food for the female and the eaglets.

Eagles primarily feast on live prey, such as small mammals like rabbits, muskrats, and smaller birds. They also feed on carrion.

It is not unlikely for them to eat crabs and other marine creatures. A lucky bystander captured an interesting encounter between a bald eagle and a crab.

The video shows the eagle bending to catch the crab in its beak, giving it some lee-way. This enables the crab to use its pointy legs and pincers to take advantage of this unexpected attack.This discomfort experienced by the eagle leaves it flailing around in the water as it tries to get rid of the tiny crab crawling all over its face and head.

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