Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

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An American bald eagle sits on a branch at Mill Pond on July 21, 2018 in Centerport, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

You may recall the infamous New York City rodent known as Pizza Rat that was caught on camera dragging a slice into a subway station back in 2015. Then there was the squirrel seen enjoying an eggroll in a New York City tree. Now there’s a new scavenger on the scene and its considerably more majestic than those other two.

Nature photographer Doug Gemmell has captured some interesting animal behavior over the course of his career, but this takes the cake. Well, actually, pizza.  According to the New York Post, Gemmell was at Wethersfield Cove, just south of Hartford, Connecticut, when he captured a young bald eagle swoop down and carry off a slice of pizza. It appears to be pepperoni.

The talented photographer watched as four crows chased the juvenile eagle to get the tasty treat. Eagles, which are endangered, typically eat fish, waterfowl, turtles, rabbits and snakes. But how could you blame this one for going after the errant slice? That part of the country has really good pizza!

Doug Gemmell posted a series of photos on his Facebook page. Here’s one from his Instagram account: