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PostSubject: Swimming Bald Eagle    Fri Mar 23, 2012 5:39 pm

http://www.youtube.com/embed/87xNpOYOlQ4?rel=0

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PostSubject: Re: Swimming Bald Eagle    Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:33 pm

that was cool. i cound not tell what it was after?
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PostSubject: Re: Swimming Bald Eagle    Fri Mar 23, 2012 7:40 pm

It was either a muskrat or a nutria.
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PostSubject: Re: Swimming Bald Eagle    Fri Mar 23, 2012 11:55 pm

That was pretty cool. We have two Bald Eagles that come around our house occasionally, they are beautiful birds.

A guy I used to work with said they would serve nutria for lunch where he went to school...I'm not sure I would want to eat that!!!
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PostSubject: Re: Swimming Bald Eagle    Sat Mar 24, 2012 3:41 am

Anyone else ever heard of banana rats?
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PostSubject: Re: Swimming Bald Eagle    Sat Mar 24, 2012 5:05 pm

Yes, I think you're referring to the Cuban Hutia (Capromys pilorides)?

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PostSubject: Re: Swimming Bald Eagle    Mon Mar 26, 2012 8:30 am

We use to chase them when we would go to Cuba ... it's funny because they stop halfway, turn around and chase you LOL.
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PostSubject: Re: Swimming Bald Eagle    Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:51 am

That is neat! In your experience were these pretty common in Cuba?
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PostSubject: Re: Swimming Bald Eagle    Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:43 pm

Actually, I looked into it a little further and I think they are very similiar to the ones you mentioned but bigger. I stole this from Wiki:

"Most species have a head-and-body length that ranges from 21 to 46 cm (8.3 to 18 in) and weigh less than 2 kg (4.4 lb), but Desmarest's hutia has a head-and-body length of 31 to 60 cm (12 to 24 in) and weigh 2.8–8.5 kg (6.2–19 lb).

The Desmarest's hutia is referred to by those stationed at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base as banana rats.[2] Banana rats are not named for their dietary preference, but because their feces look like small versions of the fruit. They are also known to come out at night."

I use to frequent GTMO and remember them being huge! They were everywhere at night, mostly on the rocks along the water by the Enlisted Quarters. They didn't seem to mess with anyone but a provoking drunk sailor would end up running from one by the end of the night, guaranteed. They didn't take any crap but I think they hid in burrows during the day.
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PostSubject: Re: Swimming Bald Eagle    Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:49 pm

But yes, they are very common and appear to travel in packs. They have very little fear of humans.
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PostSubject: Re: Swimming Bald Eagle    Mon Mar 26, 2012 4:10 pm

Awesome video. Love Bald Eagles <3
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Sounds like good entertainment Nick-- how much alcohol had been consumed?
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