The 24 bald eagles that landed in this guy's backyard will make you proud to be an American, not a beaver.

The 24 bald eagles that landed in this guy's backyard will make you proud to be an American, not a beaver.

The dad of redditor u/nrvsdrvr captured this disturbingly patriotic image of 24 bald eagles feasting on dead beavers near Rural Deer River in northern Minnesota. Before you start feeling bad for the beavers (or worrying that this portends a war with Canada), remember that this is nature and nothing is sacred from predators' lust for bloodshed.

This image would serve well as propaganda depending on what you think dead beavers represent.

The redditor provided a little context for the photo on Imgur.

They are eating beaver carcasses. My dad is a trapper. There were also a ton of ravens and other scavenger birds.

Beyond the eagle buffet, what's even more stunning is that 'trapper' is still a profession people can have in 2016.

Redditor u/handicapreader commented with a series of fun eagle facts in case this scene of carnage has inspired you to learn more about the winged U.S. mascot.

  • Bald eagles have a massive wingspread of about 7 feet (2.13 meters)

  • Normally, bald eagles weigh 6.5 to 14 pounds (3 to 6.5 kilograms)

  • The bald eagle is found only in North America.

  • Bald eagles are typically solitary creatures. When there is abundant food, though, they may gather with others in groups of up to 400, according to the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology.

  • Bald eagles are "fish eagles." They are in this classification because their main food source is fish. They will also eat smaller birds, other bird's eggs and small animals like rabbits, reptiles, amphibians and crabs.

  • Bald eagles are thought to be monogamous. This means that once the birds find a mate, they will continue to only mate with each other for the rest of their lives. A bald eagle will find another mate only if it is widowed.

  • Bald eagles make large nests from sticks, grass, feathers, moss and cornstalks to accommodate their eggs. The largest bald eagle nest on record was found in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was 9.5 feet (2.9 meters) in diameter and 20 feet (6.1 m) deep, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. It was estimated to weigh 2 metric tons (4,409 lbs.).

  • Though bald eagles can't swim, they can cross water without flying over it. They will sit in the water and row themselves across with their wings, according to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

  • Bald eagles have no sense of smell, but they can taste. For example, if a bald eagle thinks that its food tastes spoiled, it won't eat it.


Further increase your eagle content today with this video of America's bird trying to Michael Phelps the Mississippi River.