Can eagles swim? Well, it may not be their forte, but when the situation calls for it, they can paddle with their wing pretty well.
This young eagle on the video caught a coot with his talons in the middle of a large body of water. But, perhaps because his wings got wet, he couldn’t fly away with.
Instead of simply releasing his catch, this eagle stubbornly clutches his prey in his talon as he paddles back to shore.
Some people think that eagles can’t release their talons from a prey unless they stand on the ground, but that’s not true, according to Riley Woodford, writer for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
“There is no involuntary locking mechanism, and the eagle could let go if it wished. The hungry bird has simply decided the meal is worth the swim,” he wrote in an article about eagle myths.
Unfortunately, the eagle’s decision was followed by the appearance of an older eagle who took his prize bird away shortly after he reached the shore, allowing him only a few bites of his well earned catch.
You may enjoy watching this video of a swimming eagle, but may want to skip on the eagle’s devouring the coot.