ORLANDO, Fla. — Two bald eagles captivated the internet on Thursday when they got stuck in a drain in Florida.
WKMG reports one bird was on top of the other with its wings spread for about an hour Thursday night.
Public speculation was the bird on top could be protecting its mate, but Diana Flynt from the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey suggested a different explanation — one not so nice.
Flynt told WKMG that she believes because it’s currently eagle nesting season, the two got into a fight when one entered the other bird’s territory.
“What we have is a fight going on, and they fight unbelievably to the battle but hopefully not to the death,” Flynt said.
The first bird ended up flying away just before 6 p.m. At that point, the other bird fell into the drain and became stuck.
Florida Fish and Wildlife crews worked to rescue that second bird, which they successfully rescued about a half hour later.
As a federally protected bird, the American bald eagle is the national bird and animal of the U.S.