Everyone has had that feeling of being unable to move after a big meal, and a juvenile red-tailed hawk in California had that same reaction after too big a meal recently. According to the Daily Mail, the raptor caught an American coot - a plump, tempting morsel - and after feeding, was so stuffed that it fell onto its back, unable to move. A photographer noticed the bird and called authorities, and the bird was taken into care as it digested, with plans to release it later in the same area.
Bird digestion is different than humans, and raptors often quickly fill their crop after a successful kill so they can more slowly digest the food over a longer period of time. But too full is too full, and even birds might need a nap after a hefty meal!
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