photo credit: Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania/PixController/YouTube
The battle between cats and birds rages on.
On Tuesday, viewers of the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania (ASWP) 24/7 live-stream of an eagle nest were surprised and shocked to see bald eagles feeding their nesting eaglets a cat. It’s still unclear whether the cat was a pet or feral.
Jim Bonner, executive director of ASWP, confirmed people’s suspicion that the cat was already dead by the time it reached the nest. Speaking to CBS Pittsburgh, he added that it’s likely the cat was scavenged, rather than actively hunted by the eagles. “It’s hard to tell where they found it," he said. "It could have been dead from being hit by a car or some other challenges.”
As brutal as the eagle’s choice of dinner may seem, Bonner points out that it’s important we don’t make moral judgements on nature. As one kid from a local elementary school wisely told CBS Pittsburgh, “That’s just the way nature works.”