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Alpha chimp steals eagle's dinner in 'surreal and exhilarating' forest encounter

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An eagle in the Issa Valley of western Tanzania was just about to tuck into a hard-earned meal when an alpha male chimpanzee burst onto the scene and stole its prey — a rare encounter that has been documented by scientists in a new study. 

Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) are mostly vegetarian, but their diets include some meat and other animal products. They actively hunt for their meat and, on rare occasions, scavenge from dead carcasses. 
The new study, published Oct. 31 in the journal Primates, highlights chimps' ability to confront other predators and take their food in a behavior called confrontational scavenging. 


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