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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 12-19-2012, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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Golden Eagle tries to snatch baby.

This is some scary stuff. The baby is apparently OK. Filmed in Montreal. I am shocked that some people find this amusing.......well actually not as most people are complete a-holes disconnected tot he world around them.
Some people are claiming it is fake.
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I don't know if that particular incident is faked but I would not doubt it was possible for a bird to do it.

I once saw a wedgetail eagle swoop down and lift a hogget (about a 2 year old sheep) that would've weighed more than that kid, about the same height in the air before dropping it. The sheep was kicking which makes me think if hadn't been it may have been lamb on the rack for that bird and her family.

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Golden eagles are huge animals. I encountered one munching on its prey on a mountain road in Idaho. I stopped, he kept eating, and finally flew away with his kill. As he spread his wings to fly away, they spanned wider than the Fiat I was driving. Impressive.

We have scads of bald eagles where I live, which will (along with coyotes, cougars and bobcats) take small pets, so pretty much everyone who's aware of the danger won't leave Snuggles alone in the back yard.


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Lot of eagles here, and hawks and owls. My dogs weigh 4 1/2 and 8 1/2 lbs, so it's a very real worry for me.

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I am amazed that we don't just outlaw and put a bounty on any animal that can cause harm to humans. Wipe them all out and the world would be safer and then I wouldn't have to watch fake animal snatching children vids anymore.
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I am amazed that we don't just outlaw and put a bounty on any animal that can cause harm to humans. Wipe them all out and the world would be safer and then I wouldn't have to watch fake animal snatching children vids anymore.
Were you trying to say wipe them out and people would be safer?

At this point the only way to make the world safer is probably to wipe out all the people.

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Are we sure it is fake? If it is, it is one of the best fakes out there. Looking at the slow-mo, I would have to say it's real. However, if it does turn out to be fake, I will be impressed with the skills of the special effects person, whoever it is.


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I am amazed that we don't just outlaw and put a bounty on any animal that can cause harm to humans. Wipe them all out and the world would be safer and then I wouldn't have to watch fake animal snatching children vids anymore.
Oh, I agree. If just one human could be saved by this measure, then it would all be worth it.

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Here's what the National Eagle Center over in Wabasha, MN has to say about it:

We feel it necessary to respond to the new viral online video, "Golden Eagle Snatches Kid" which allegedly depicts a golden eagle grabbing a toddler in a park in Montreal. We find this video dangerously misleading.

First, the bird involved is NOT a golden eagle. While golden eagles can be found near Montreal, they are rarely if ever seen in and around the parks within the city. The bird in the video is a large bird of prey, but not one found in North America as far as any identification is possible.

The call heard on the video is a giveaway that the video has been altered. A golden eagle would not call or scream while approaching prey, as this would alert the prey to their presence. In any case, the call does not belong to a golden eagle. As in many Hollywood productions, the distinctive call of the red-tail hawk has been inserted.

Finally, although golden eagles are able to kill prey many times their own size, they cannot fly off with anything larger than 5 or 6 pounds (maximally about 1/3 of their own weight). The toddler in question would certainly outweigh any eagle, from any continent. No eagle could carry off a toddler, for any distance. Perhaps the footage was faked with an empty jacket to show the bird lifting it so handily. In any event, this toddler was not snatched by a golden eagle.

Eagles have had a bad reputation since Thomas Edison first depicted an eagle carrying off a baby in his first motion picture. Early in American history, golden eagles were hunted by humans because of their alleged predation on humans and livestock. Many eagles were killed as a result of these false accusations against them. If this video encourages the belief that eagles are a danger to humans, then it is indeed dangerous for all eagles.

The interaction between humans and eagles is remarkable. We use the eagle as a symbol of strength, freedom and power. Eagles represent all of these things. They are indeed powerful, but we must also remember, they are vulnerable. Having no natural predator does not mean they live without danger.

The reality is that humans are a far greater danger to eagles than they could ever be to us. Thousands of eagles die as a result of human related causes every year. Lead poisoning debilitates and kills thousands of eagles each year. The lead eagles encounter in the environment is typically found in gut piles and deer carcasses left during the hunting season. Many eagles are injured or killed in collision with power lines and cars. Others suffer electrocution on power poles.

Please take this video and any rumors or accusations against eagles with a grain of salt. If you'd like to learn more about eagles, their biology and ecology, there are a wide variety of reputable resources available. We encourage you to visit the National Eagle Center and meet golden and bald eagles up close and learn more about them.
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