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Any Canadian knows that the mighty Canada goose isn’t a bird to mess with.

That’s why when an American Bald Eagle attacked one on Vancouver Island on Friday, the goose defended our national pride with honour. Photographer and camper Lisa Bell managed to capture the entire battle on camera, and to be honest, things initially looked a little bleak for our winged soldier.

The battle begins with the eagle perched on top of the goose (the eagle is a bird of prey, after all, while the goose is not).

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Facebook/Lisa Bell

But even though all seems lost, the eagle quickly learns–much like the American soldiers who tried to take Toronto in 1813–that it’s been lured into a trap.

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Facebook/Lisa Bell

“The eagle went to adjust itself, and the goose’s back end came up,” Bell told CTV News. “The eagle was having a hard time keeping the goose down, and he managed to break free.”

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Facebook/Lisa Bell

The goose immediately bolted for a nearby pond with the eagle in hot pursuit.

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Facebook/Lisa Bell
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Facebook/Lisa Bell
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Facebook/Lisa Bell

With the battle quickly shifting from land to sea, strategies changed. The goose adapted by diving under the water just as the eagle swooped overhead.

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Facebook/Lisa Bell

Knowing the scales had shifted, the eagle regrouped on a nearby perch and waited for reinforcements to arrive. After eyeing the goose for about 20 minutes, the American bird abandoned the battle field.

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Facebook/Lisa Bell

Victory!!

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Facebook/Lisa Bell

While some commenters on social media have argued that the eagle is the winner in this scenario, that’s not exactly true. The eagle was the predator and the goose was its prey, so expecting the goose to try to win a fight against an eagle is to lack an understanding of how nature works.

Instead, look at it like this: the eagle’s objective was to catch the prey, which it failed to do. The goose’s goal, meanwhile, was only to survive–which it did. That means the score is at a solid Canada: 1 and America: 0, because the stupid eagle got outsmarted.

Interestingly though, in yet another similarity to the War of 1812, neither of the combatants were really affected. Both birds survived, and the animals went back to existing the way they did before. Canada and the U.S., meanwhile, will argue over who really won this battle for many years to come.

(But seriously, Canada won.)

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