The bald eagle is a glorious bird. It is a strong and noble beast like a Lugia sprung free from Pokemon 2000, a winged creature wholly deserving of its role as a symbol of this great nation. Pull up any photo of a bald eagle perched stoically on a branch or floating mid-flight, and you can tell why the Founding Fathers were all, Hell yeah fucking right, slap that sucker on the presidential seal, and we're golden.
But no static photo can fully capture the majesty of the bald eagle, the way it swoops and soars with equal parts grace and terror; no single picture can capture the way it sometimes digs it talons into a pet cat and carries the prey back to its nest to rip apart and eat. Luckily, a photo doesn't have to, because we've got the whole thing on video. It's quite a sight to behold.
Earlier this week, a live webcam streaming a bald eagle's nest in eastern Pittsburgh caught footage of two bald eagle parents bringing home a poor, poor brown and white pet for their eaglets to feast on. Now, that video exists for the whole world to see, the Washington Post reports. Thank you, internet!
The Post points out that the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania responded to the cat meal video on Facebook, writing that nature "isn't always kind or pretty."
"To people, the cat represents a pet, but to the eagles and toother raptors, the cat is a way to sustain the eaglets and help them to grow," they continue.
Thumbnail image via Flickr user Marie Hale