Jill Layton
July 02, 2015 11:54 am

A crow was photographed riding on a bald eagle, because there’s obviously no better way to celebrate American Independence Day than on the back of our national bird. Photographer Phoo Chan captured the patriotic moment in Seabeck, Washington. While we want to believe that the crow was taking a joy ride in honor of the July 4, 1776 adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the more logical explanation is that the crow was defending its territory and its young by forcing the bald eagle to leave.

Chan told MailOnline, “It was as if it was taking a short break and at the same time a free ride. What’s more surprising was the eagle didn’t seem to mind and kept flying as if nothing happened.”

Or maybe the bald eagle appreciated the company? It probably gets lonely up there.

Chan added, “I think the crow decided to land on the eagle because the eagle did not respond to its harassment so it landed briefly and then left. Eventually the crow flew away and the eagle continued to hunt for its breakfast.”

We’re still going to believe that the crow was keeping the bald eagle company, while simultaneously celebrating July 4th a few days early — because that version of the story is WAY sweeter.  

Either way, we love the way the bald eagle was so unfazed by its visitor. It’s almost as if the pair knew they were being photographed and just wanted to give the world a little 4th of July show — sans fireworks. We’re definitely not mad about it.

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