Eagle Vs. Reindeer


23 Responses to “Eagle Vs. Reindeer”

  1. jessemoya says:

    Did anyone else notice that the volume on the video player goes to… 11?

  2. Gilbert Wham says:

    This works just fine for the soundtrack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL_eqLdzO0Y

    I’m pretty sure eagles like Bathory…

  3. Bray_beast says:

    Not surprising at all, though awesome. Check out this video of an eagle dragging a goat off a cliff.
    or this kept eagle killing a deer
    or this photo montage of eagles killing wolves and foxes (mostly for Mongolian fur hunters)
    or this exceedingly brutal (some might say cruel) video of a Mongolian eagle hunting festival where they let a wolf pup go for eagles to hunt

  4. fnc says:

    Every once in a while I read something that makes me go HOLY CRAP! This was one of those things.

    In the distant shot of the video it looked more like the eagle was taking down the deer in the manner of a lion or tiger than swooping off with it. Still, that takes some serious weaponry.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I once saw a golden eagle swoop down on a murder of crows that were milling about, grab one in its talons, and fly away with it. I was quite close, the bird must’ve had a five-foot wingspan. It was amazing.

  6. timmaah says:

    Bastards are getting nothing but coal for christmas. You don’t mess with Santa and get away with it..

  7. MelSkunk says:

    I gather the eagle on his glove is thinking “yeah, I can totally take you, monkey boy…”

    Five minutes later his “Predation of Golden Eagles on large prey” thesis was proven far beyond his ability to cite anymore.

  8. AT203 says:

    How do we write a law that permits these videos, but that still bans the other animal-cruelty / “crush” videos?

  9. Euryale says:

    Am I the only one who can almost never get BBC videos to play, no matter what browser I’m using?

  10. dancentury says:

    That’s amazing. I can’t blame the birds. I think I’d rather die from trying to eat, than die from starvation.

    Am I the only one who wants to hug that eagle?

  11. Rich Keller says:

    “… eagle on reindeer violence…” I like that phrase. Maybe these young eagles just need an after school social program to keep them off the tundra and out of trouble.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Death from above!

  13. SamSam says:

    I was recently watching a person demonstrating various owls, and she mentioned that small deer are actually one of the Eagle Owl’s prey.

    I didn’t really believe it at the time, but Wikipedia confirms it. Eagle Owls are smaller than Golder Eagles, so this no longer surprises me.

  14. Antinous / Moderator says:

    And yet, I keep thinking of Katharine Hepburn talking about the turtles and the birds in Suddenly Last Summer.

  15. grimc says:

    But what about giant eagle versus megareindeer?

  16. Anonymous says:

    I went to Mongolia to ride with some Kazakhs who still hunt fox with golden eagles, and I can tell you those are some amazing and powerful animals. In addition to killing Reindeer, they’re known to hunt wolves, deer, mountain goats and other large prey.

    Their talons are incredibly strong, and they’re very aggressive animals. After spending a little time with them, I wouldn’t be holding one that close to my eye without a hood.

  17. cmuwriter says:

    “Its a hard life for little things.” – Night of the Hunter

    Also, I think SamSam is talking about the Eurasian eagle owl, the largest owl breed in the world. Very cool animals. I know a woman who breeds them domestically in the United States.

  18. scifijazznik says:

    Stop, drop, and roll.

  19. mdh says:

    Some years back in the Yolla Bolly wilderness area I watched a Golden Eagle fledgeling gliding down a slope. As I followed it downhill it took a squirrel, from behind, off a fencepost about 15 yards from me. Bam. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

  20. mpb says:

    Circa 1992, one of the Park Rangers at Bandelier National Monument (actually, everyone in the park at that end of the main canyon) witnessed a golden eagle take off with a struggling elk calf.

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