Bald eagle, fox, and cat are porch friends

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  1. Snow White is alive and well in Alaska. 

  2. Yea, she’s not feeding the wildlife. 

  3. Matt Grimm says:

    I hate to break the fourth wall, but I find it more amazing that these creatures are complacent in the presence of the human recording the video.

    • Judas Peckerwood says:

      When you feed wild animals, they become accustomed to humans and begin to associate them with food. Which is why feeding wild animals is stupid.

  4. scolbath says:

    Sights like this would ALMOST make it worth living in Unalaska, Alaska.

  5. plumblove says:

    I don’t want to be the first to cry Photoshop on this. But what’s with the weird distortions happening throughout the clip?

  6. Beth Cravens says:

    My cat had a possum buddy. Weird coming home to find both of their heads in the foodbowl.

    • trogdorian1 says:

      thought you meant you found both of their severed heads in a food bowl, would have made a far more interesting story.

    • The Virginia Opossum is a slow moving version and less violent version of the honey badger . They don’t back down from anything.

      • Mark A says:

        And stupid. Don’t forget stupid.

        • Ipo says:

           They are the smartest marsupial in North America. 

        • cdh1971 says:

          They’re not stupid, they are roughly as smart as a dog in terms of problem solving tasks, and they actually can make really sweet pets that get along with dogs and cats. 

          The cats and one dog I’ve had over the years have been pals with these critters and my neighbours here (Eugene, OR) have similar stories. One of my friends in middle-school had one as a pet – what a character, the possum was too.  He had a starling that talked and liked to ride on the possum’s back. Both the starling and possum were rescue animals that were brought to a non-profit animal shelter and his family were volunteers with this shelter. 

          Possums are not native to the west coast. They were brought here as pets in the 1930′s, many by Forest Service employees. 

          The reason why people think they are stupid is they sometimes get hit by cars in the morning as they scurry home – they are more used to the dark and dusk. They also are more likely to practice cannibalism than other critters. 

          BTW – they cannot get rabies – something about their body temperature and the rabies virus not evolving to infect marsupials. 

    • cdh1971 says:

      This is sooo common. The cats and possums where I live seem to have some sort of secret society. My family’s cats always have hung out with and shared food bowls with the possums. The neighbours also notice this.

  7. Samuel Valentine says:

    Same porch here – seems to confirm despite the odd distortion in the posted video.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUDfB7BpUM0&feature=relmfu

  8. GawainLavers says:

    Is Unalaska a place where people elect sane, competent and honest politicians?

  9. John Maple says:

    For some reason, I kept thinking about Dr. Suess when I listened to the narration.
    It’s pretty nice to see this.

  10. ComradeQuestions says:

    Is her cat named “suitcase”?

    I also like how she sorta just glosses over the eagle as if that’s the *least* amazing thing there.  “Oh hey eagle… NO DON’T TRY TO COME IN THE HOUSE, SUITCASE!”

  11. carlodog says:

    I want her to pick up that piece of wood with the nail sticking out.  Pick it up!  Throw it away before someone steps on it!  

    Oh yeah, the animals are cute too.

    • Jeff says:

      Saw this vid on cheezburgr the other day, and I could. not. believe. how many people were going on and on about the damn piece of wood with a nail sticking out. People, there’s an EAGLE and a FOX right there on the porch!

      • CLamb says:

        Maybe a nail sticking out of a piece of wood is the magic talisman of peace amongst creatures? I’ll have to try this on my porch.

  12. Alexander Hu says:

     “Okay, Suitcase should be back soon from planting the explosives. Once she gets back, Gizmo and I will infiltrate the– ohcrap– why hello, human..”

  13. robdobbs says:

    That eagle is like a vegetarian at an all vegetarian restaurant: he just can’t make up his mind what to eat.

    Also, she’s feeding them: http://youtu.be/RZQeNSr_BgM

  14. Amazing how quickly wild animals lose their survival instincts once you start feeding them. I would expect this person will get a nasty visit from Fish and Game now that this has gone viral.

    • waetherman says:

      She’s not feeding the eagle or the fox, from what I can tell, she’s just feeding her cats and the eagle and fox are probably attracted to the smell of the food.

      • Judas Peckerwood says:

        If she’s feeding her cats outside, then she’s feeding all of the wildlife in the vicinity.

        • Erica says:

          Yeah, you’ve probably never had a raccoon or a possum or a squirel visit you….

          • Judas Peckerwood says:

            Actually, I see them all the time, along with deer, coyotes, rabbits, chipmunks and more species of birds than I could name. And they still visit my yard even though I don’t feed them.

          • social_maladroit says:

             Have you seen the eagle eating the cat food — either dry, or tuna?

            I live in an urban area in the Pacific Northwest, and feed outside cats. Raccoons and possums come by to check for cat food all the time. I’ve never seen any that didn’t bolt the moment I came outside, though. It’s pretty wild how that fox and that bald eagle stay put, even with a human in close proximity.

  15. thecardcheat says:

    Why can’t people get along like the Bald Eagle, Cat and the Fox.

    • cdh1971 says:

      Sir or Madam – I am a man, not an animal. 

      For proof, I have attached a picture of me and my adorable blond adopted child, Scraps (touch the thumbnail to enlarge.)

  16. Mark A says:

    Is this the start of one of those “Amazing Journeys” movies? I would watch it.

  17. rikomatic says:

    Human sacrifice, bald eagles, foxes and cats living together… mass hysteria! 

  18. flickerKuu says:

    Why won’t she let the cat in? That’s cruel. I’m guessing that cat isn’t indigenous to Alaska and is freezing it’s tail off. What possible reason would you lock your cat out in the snow for???

    • Erica says:

      They actually love the snow. Gizmo more than Suitcase though. He’s a bit of a momma’s boy and comes running when he hears her voice. 

  19. Gainclone says:

    I think the cameraperson was on shrooms. That’s the only explanation for the spatial distortion and wildlife-themed hallucinations.

  20. Ito Kagehisa says:

    I have bald eagles, fox, and cats on my property too.  But I don’t feed them enough to keep them from regarding each other as prey… our late, much lamented ginger tabby Maxwell tried to make friends with a fox.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      I’d say that, at this moment in our cultural evolution, if eagles were killing cats, we’d have a new national bird as fast as 4chan could shut down the government.

      • Spieguh says:

         It all depends on the ratio of hungry eagle to inattentive kitty. Some neighbors lost a puppy to an eagle (picked it up, flew up about 100 feet and let go), and several tourists have their small dogs taken every year.

        Cats seem to put up too much of a fight for eagles, so it’s mostly the coyotes and wolves that get them. We don’t let our cats go outside.

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          We have cat-eating owls. They get into fenced back yards where the coyotes can’t go.

          • Spieguh says:

            Owls are awesome. We have a couple of species up here that could definitely take a cat, but seem pretty content with all the snowshoe hares that abound.

          • Antinous / Moderator says:

            I suspect that one particular great horned owl is responsible for all the local cat murders.

          • Guest says:

            We have fisher cats. Three cheers for giant carnivorous ferrets!!!

        • zarray says:

          I know people love their diminutive dogs, but the idea of an eagle just taking off with one gives me the giggles.

      • Guest says:

         I think it’s already a pretty apt metaphor.

  21. Brad Bell says:

    If you take away the eagle, the sight is not that uncommon, even somewhere like the middle of a city like London. We’ve had foxes living in the back yard and the cats – who are top dog – are generally very tolerant. 

    Imagine you swap out the eagle for a muscle dog. Absolute carnage. The lady is dead too. 

  22. Sparg says:

    I swear I keep hearing in the background bits of the bass line from Pink Floyd’s “One of These Days”.

  23. JessieL says:

    This seems like an edited video to me.  Not only are there weird distortions every time the camera goes to another animal it distorts…and never are all 3 animals (or even 2 for that matter) in the same shot at the same time.

  24. Kimmo says:

    I wouldn’t stop the cat coming in. The fox might as well get out of the cold too. The eagle would also be welcome.

  25. JhmL says:

    Alright lady, but if one of each sex wanders there the day after, check for floods and house buoyancy.

  26. BambooJackson says:

    Never thought it would be possible, but I just got the urge to move to alaska……probably one of the coolest videos online…and she has posted many of them! Way to cool!

  27. donovan acree says:

    She might want to get rid of the piece of wood with the rusty nail sticking up

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