Sea eagle captures crocodile cam, snaps selfie (VIDEO)
posted Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM EDT
Rangers in Western Australia set up a motion sensitive camera to record the local fresh-water crocodiles, but when it went missing, they thought it lost to the waters. But rather than fall to the depths, the camera had actually been snatched away by a young eagle — who managed to deposit it more than 100km (60 miles away), and then take a selfie.
The camera was placed by aboriginal rangers in a gorge on the Margaret River in Kimberly, Western Australia. The rangers were hoping to capture footage of the nearby crocodiles, but instead the camera disappeared. But weeks later, a Parks and Wildlife ranger found it — at another river, some 110km away. And they were able to salvage some usable footage from the camera, which showed a juvenile sea eagle picking it up, and flying off with the thing. Once it set down the recording device, it proceeded to peck at it, and capture some very entertaining video.
We're not sure what the eagle thought the camera was — obviously something edible. But unfortunately for it, there was nothing delicious inside. And fortunately for us, the rangers were able to capture this footage of a camera going on an unexpected trip.
This isn't the first time something like this has happened. Last year, a seagull nabbed a GoPro to similar effect.