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This video was posted yesterday and has over a million views already. Some think it's a hoax but eagles to go after large prey. Check out the video of an eagles picking up and killing goats.


  • Profile picture of the author David Maschke
    Your posts always make me think and expand my view of the world.

    I probably would have believed the video was real and not even questioned it if you hadn't mentioned it.

    I would say it's real, with sound effects thrown in for dramatics, but it's possible they had a really good directional microphone.

    Real or not, I still like it thanks for the post.
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  • Profile picture of the author ozzie2012
    I now see eagles in a whole different light. Thanks for the post.
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  • Profile picture of the author yukon
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Barboza
    This was on national news today here in Colombia and it's a fake. Seems like news channels need better sources.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    Well, as for "picking up", I think that bird let go because it realized it couldn't hold on. I didn't realize that it could be so large, but wikipedia lists them out to 1 meter. That is LARGE, but still not large enough to actually carry a goat over twice its length, assuming that the talons, et al could really handle it. Of course, either way, it forced the goat off, and can eat the remains.

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  • Profile picture of the author GT
    I realize now that the video was fake . . . but still . . . I think I'll watch the grandkids a little closer now when they're outside. We have bald eagles in the area (not many sightings of golden eagles, though). But yup, those birds are big!

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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by GT View Post

      I realize now that the video was fake . . . but still . . . I think I'll watch the grandkids a little closer now when they're outside. We have bald eagles in the area (not many sightings of golden eagles, though). But yup, those birds are big!

      GT
      On the BRIGHT side, animals are not NEARLY as dumb as some believe. If that goat were on level solid ground, the eagle probably wouldn't have touched it. A baby MIGHT be too heavy, etc... but there are a LOT of enemies out there.

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      • Profile picture of the author pickthat apple
        It is a well known fact that: in the Alps area of Italy, as well as other high altitudes mountain areas, eagles prey on young specimens of alpine ibex, chamois and other types of mountain goats/sheep.

        Being that eagles live at high altitudes, between 1000 and 2500 m, handling of the pray takes advantage of this fact, as you notice well in the video.

        Eagles have an excellent sight, so they locate the prey first and, then, they just throw themselves at it. Their prey may die as a result of being tightly held by the huge claws, or may end its life cleverly disposed of, like in the above example.
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  • Profile picture of the author natebunger
    Eagles are really fierce birds and they are not definitely afraid to take risks when it comes to food. It's amazing they are not even afraid of bears anymore. Even with cubs knowing the mother can be near. They are definitely one hell of a predator.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Not only eagles - but owls. Some owls get bigger than eagles. In S. Idaho there's a few people who have had dogs lifted out of back yards at night by them. Largest I've known of personally was 30 lbs. I've also seen Eagles swoop down on prey and kill it right on the ground. They are not gentle birds. If you get near a nest with babies, you will fight that bird, and unless you get a clean shot of it before it hits you, you are not going to fair well - those talons are like razors - several inch long razors.

    I would not have questioned the video just for the fact if the kid is only around 25 pounds, it's not so farfetched that a large bird could carry it off. I've never seen an eagle big enough (although there may be some), but I've seen owls that could do it with no sweat back in the 13 - 14,000 foot mountain ranges where everything gets pretty big.
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    • Profile picture of the author seasoned
      Originally Posted by HeySal View Post

      Not only eagles - but owls. Some owls get bigger than eagles. In S. Idaho there's a few people who have had dogs lifted out of back yards at night by them. Largest I've known of personally was 30 lbs. I've also seen Eagles swoop down on prey and kill it right on the ground. They are not gentle birds. If you get near a nest with babies, you will fight that bird, and unless you get a clean shot of it before it hits you, you are not going to fair well - those talons are like razors - several inch long razors.

      I would not have questioned the video just for the fact if the kid is only around 25 pounds, it's not so farfetched that a large bird could carry it off. I've never seen an eagle big enough (although there may be some), but I've seen owls that could do it with no sweat back in the 13 - 14,000 foot mountain ranges where everything gets pretty big.
      Regarding size, the closest I have ever been to an eagle was maybe 6 feet. I was in california, and heard something pound my balcony. I looked outside, wondering WHAT made that sound. I mean it sounded like a baseball just hit my balcony, but it was out of place. The only unusual thing I saw out there was an eagle. And it DID look like a bald eagle: Bald Eagle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

      I guess it just misjudged height or something, because it must have landed hard. It looked and acted healthy though. It eventually took off again. I just left it alone, not even bothering to open up my balcony, though I watched it for a bit.

      I've seen a few owls also, but I guess, like even this bald eagle, they weren't the biggest specimens. Wikipedia says the largest bald eagles are in alaska. SO, as bald eagles go, calfornia is kind of in the middle, since the smallest are from florida.

      Still, I wouldn't even want an eagle, or owl, to grab onto me, without protection. Even some SMALL birds could be painful if they wanted to be, just trying to get a good footing.

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    Thank God this was fake.

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  • Profile picture of the author bravo75
    Originally Posted by TimPhelan View Post

    This video was posted yesterday and has over a million views already. Some think it's a hoax but eagles to go after large prey. Check out the video of an eagles picking up and killing goats.


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    • Profile picture of the author TimPhelan
      Originally Posted by bravo75 View Post

      If I was a mountain goat, I'd ask god to make me a pair of wings.
      A sloth too.

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