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Video: Sea eagle steals camera, makes mini-documentary

By Anne Sewell     Dec 3, 2013 in World
Ending in the capture of probably one of the most original "selfies" yet, a sea eagle stole a camera and went on a 100 kilometer (70 mile) aerial tour of Western Australia in May this year. Now the video has been released on YouTube for our edification.
The video was released by wildlife rangers in the Kimberly region of Western Australia on Monday.
In the video we can see the eagle's flapping wings as it grabs the camera and takes off. We see flashes of the scenery as he flies along, with snippets of his wing feathers coming into focus.
Then he lands, and decides to investigate the camera (possibly trying to find out if it was edible), and by pecking at the camera, took some of the best eagle "selfies" yet seen on the Internet.
Where did the camera come from, we ask? Apparently rangers set up the motion-sensor camera alongside the Margaret River back in May, hoping to capture photos of crocodiles, but ended up getting something, well, a little different instead.
Apparently the camera is around 10 to 15 centimeters (4 to 6 inches) long and 5 centimeters (2 inches) wide.
The camera disappeared soon after its placement and rangers thought that it had probably fallen into the river. However, it ended up with the camera being found near the Mary River, around 110 kilometers (70 miles) away.
When they examined the video in the camera, they identified the culprit, and now plan to bolt down their cameras in future.
And hey, as Digg video says, a sea gull would have just pooped on it.
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