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Canada goose fights American bald eagle

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Guess who won?

What's true in the world of sports stands true for the animal kingdom as well, it seems: Rivalries are always more intense between neighbours.

Vancouver Island played host to a metaphorical match-up between Canada and its good friend the United States on Friday when, without so much as a tweet to promote the fight, two iconic birds went wing-to-wing.

Fortunately for the people of both countries, local photographer (and sole spectator) Lisa Bell stumbled upon the scuffle — with her camera.

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the main event of the internet right now: Canada goose vs. American bald eagle (or bald eagle, as it's also commonly known.)

The battle of the birds began just after 7 a.m. local time on Friday, according to Bell's post in the Vancouver Island Images Facebook group.

In a post about the "once in a lifetime experience" Bell told fellow group members she had the glory of witnessing nature at its best and capturing it all in her lens.

She later told CTV Vancouver Island that the photos were taken at Spider Lake Springs, near Qualicum Beach, where her family was vacationing.

"There was a whole bunch of noise to begin with," she said. "The eagle was sitting on the goose. I scooted to get my camera, and when I came back down he was still there. The goose basically was playing dead."

That didn't last long, however.

As Bell's photos show, the goose had some fight in it — enough to avoid becoming an eagle's lunch on Friday, at least.

"Nature is not all glory all the time," the photographer noted on Facebook. "Today we had a happy ending to the tale of a goose freeing itself from a hungry Eagle's talons. [It] might not be so lucky next time."

While she did say she noticed some claw marks on the Canada goose's back, when she left it was still "swimming around in the pond" and appeared "proud to have gotten away."

Geese can, in fact, be found in every single U.S. state and Canadian province at one point throughout the year, while bald eagles are more abundant in parts of Canada at times than anywhere in the U.S. except for Alaska.

Furthermore, the Canada goose is not Canada's national animal. That honour goes to the beaver and our national bird has yet to be determined.

Bald eagles are still the national bird and national animal of the U.S., but this may prove contentious should Trump win the presidential election in November.




How come a goose is willing to fight a human to the death, but will play dead with an eagle?

Are we that low on the animal totem pole?
Bald eagles are still the national bird and national animal of the U.S., but this may prove contentious should Trump win the presidential election in November.

people really have to make everything about Trump
I wonder how each would fare against a wedge tailed eagle. Or a cassowary.

Let's have an official/unofficial national bird fight.

Goro Majima

Kitty Genovese Member
Canadian Geese are obnoxious.

In the Midwest they're basically pigeons of the suburbs. Pigeons that get an attitude if you're trying to get by them on a park trail.
Geese are legit scary. I bike by a tonne of geese all the time and you have to be very careful to keep distance, especially when they have goslings, or else they could really fuck you up.


Waaaaiiiit, an Australian animal that ISN'T poisonous?

Or is it just not worth listing it as a fact since it's safe to assume that it is poisonous

Not only is it poisonous, it shoots laser beams and conjures an army of spiders from another dimension.
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