Why the bald eagle was almost left out as an American national emblem?

 Bald eagle in American national emblem.

Choosing the American's national emblem

Back in 1782, when the United States Congress made the bald eagle the national emblem of the country, there was some controversy over the choice.

Benjamin Franklin thought that if the country must have a bird as an emblem it ought to be the wild turkey.

He objected to the bald eagle because of its habit of eating carrion and its tendency, at times, to turn pirate.

True enough, sometimes the bald eagle circles in the air while an osprey works below him, fishing diligently.

Finally, when the osprey, a large bird that can plummet down into the water, snatches a fish from beneath the surface and flies off, the bald eagle swoops down, screaming loudly.

Alarmed by the eagle’s screaming approach, the osprey drops his fish and dives for safety.

This feathered pirate then scoops up its easily won meal in midair and flies away to dine at leisure atop its favorite dead tree.

Despite Franklin’s view that the bald eagle is more a feathered hijacker than a monarch, Congress overruled him.

Believing that the bird’s occasional piratical antics were offset by its striking appearance, great size and dominant position in the bird world.