I spend a lot of time on the internet… it’s kind of my job.
I see A LOT of crazy stuff, probably too much for my own mental well-being, but these giant eagles might be the craziest things on the internet.
A while back, we shared a video of one trying to snag an eight year old child in Kyrgyzstan, and while terrifying, it wasn’t quite able to lift the child off the ground and fly away. She was unharmed, but nevertheless… head on a swivel in golden eagle country.
And while they usually prey on smaller mammals, they’ll think nothing of attacking a wild boar, a wolf or a bear, and sometimes… even people.
But perhaps their craziest method of hunting… mountain goats.
Adult golden eagles can grow to more than 3.5 feet long from beak to tail, with wingspans of up to 8 feet. The birds weigh between 7 and 12 pounds on average – about the same size as a newborn lamb. With a grip strength of about 750 pounds per square inch, that’s stronger than the jaws of a lion.
Flying thousands of feet in the air, with vision that can see for miles… these flying raptors are truly savage killers.
But when it comes to mountain goats, these eagles will dig their talons into the back, and with that insane grip strength, drag the mountain goat off a cliff and let gravity do the rest.
Here’s another one, although the goat manages to escape.
Deer Hunting With Eagles
I see your rifle hunt, I see your bow hunt, and I raise you…
Hunting deer with an eagle.
I’ll be the first to admit, I’ve never seen anything like this before.
We all know about running dogs while hunting feral hogs (or bears for the folks that do that), but never in my life have I seen an eagle, one of the world’s most pristine birds, be used for deer hunting.
A video has gone viral of a hunter releasing an eagle, as the deer sprints off in the other direction.
Sure enough, the eagle tracks down the deer, taking down its prey, and that’s ballgame.