A forest ranger is making rounds in a remote part of the wooded reserve
when he comes across an unkempt man, sitting at a make-shift campfire,
and, to the ranger's horror, eating a fish and a bald eagle.
The man is consequently put in jail for the crime.
He was soon brought to trial for his crime...
The Judge asked the man "Do you know that eating a bald eagle is a
"Yes I do." replied the man, "but if you let me argue my case, I'll
explain what happened."
"You may proceed."
"I got lost in the woods, and hadn't had anything real to eat for two
weeks," the man explained. "I was so hungry, I was eating plants to
stay alive. Next thing I see is a Bald Eagle swooping down at the
lake grabbing some fish.
I thought 'if I startled the Eagle I could maybe steal the fish.'
Low and behold, the eagle lighted upon a nearby tree stump to eat the
fish. I threw a stone toward the eagle hoping he would drop the fish and
fly away. Unfortunately, in my weakened condition, my aim was off, and
the rock hit the eagle squarely on his poor little head, and killed it.
I thought long and hard about what had happened, but figured that since
I killed it I might as well eat it since it would be more disgraceful to
let it rot on the ground."
The judge says he will take a recess to analyse the defendant's testimony.
15 minutes goes by and the judge returns: "Due to the extreme circumstance
you were under and because you didn't intend to kill the eagle, the court
will dismiss the charges."
The Judge then leans over the bench and whispers: "If you don't mind my
asking, what does a bald eagle taste like?"
"Well your honour, it is hard to explain. The best I can describe it's a
bit more tender than a California Condor but lacks the tang of a Spotted