Harpy Eagle vs. Sloth

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The harpy eagle is the largest and most powerful raptor in the Americas, and one of the largest living species of eagle in the world.

Female harpy eagles (which are bigger than males) can weigh up to 22 pounds. By comparison, female bald eagles can weigh up to 17 pounds. The harpy eagle’s massive size means that it can take down much larger prey than fish and waterfowl — monkeys, for example, are fair game.

Now you might assume that animals that spend their time in trees would be safe from predators, but within the harpy eagle’s range, they are certainly not. In fact, if you’re an animal that resides in any trees within the harpy eagle’s range, you should probably buy harpy eagle insurance, especially if you’re a monkey or a sloth, which make up the majority of the harpy eagle’s diet.

In the clip below, a harpy eagle can be seen capturing a sloth:

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Since sloths are much slower than monkeys and famously apathetic, they’re at an even greater disadvantage — but they’re not completely defenseless. Watch what happens when one fights back in the video below:

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