Eagles can swim. Who knew? Apparently a lot of people. But it came as news to me. Well, there’s a first time for everything.
This footage came from Mallard Lakes subdivision in Baton Rouge, LA, and is currently making the rounds on the Internet. Someone in the area shot a nutria (looks like a cross between a beaver and a giant rat) and left it floating in the water. A hungry bald eagle was determined get it and displayed some remarkable problem-solving. A search of YouTube turned up several videos of swimming eagles, so this incident is not unique. But it’s still interesting to see.
The following video from Lake Minnitaki, Canada, was posted in 2009. This eagle’s butterfly stroke probably wouldn’t beat Michael Phelps, but it’s pretty impressive.