Photos: Suicidal Crow Hitches Ride on Bald Eagle


Crows are not especially known for their courage or fighting prowess, but this bird nonetheless managed to do something that was either very brave or very foolish: ride a bald eagle. According to Phoo Chan, the amatuer photographer who took these photos over Seabeck, Washington late last month, the eagle was only looking for a meal when the crow began to harass it.

“I have seen crows harassing a hawk by swooping back and forth in order to drive it away from their territory. I was completely awed to see the crow actually land on the back of the flying eagle,” Chan told the Daily Mail. “It was as if it was taking a short break and at the same time a free ride.”

The photographer said that the eagle barely noticed the crow. While the smaller bird’s harassment technique may work on hawks, its attempt to intimidate a much larger bald eagle fell utterly flat.

The crow did manage to grab a quick ride on the eagle, so it wasn’t a total loss. Chan said that the bird eventually hopped off and let the eagle continue its flight unmolested.

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