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Nature's 7 meanest mommies

Black eagle

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Black eagle

Many a human mother will encourage her kids to work out their differences, but the black eagle mom takes it to another level. Black eagle siblings are known for their violent squabbles, which often turn deadly. What’s a mom to do? Use a time-out? How about just sit there and watch one sibling murder the other? Although I guess you can’t blame mom, the kids are practicing behavior seen in many bird species — decreasing the family to help to allocate food resources and ensure the survival of the fittest eaglet. Purposeful sibling rivalry, makes me grateful my sisters and I had a full pantry when we were growing up.