by Shawn Skipper - Thursday, September 26, 2013
I don't think many AmericanHunter.org readers would disagree that Russia can be a rather zany place, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the country that birthed Vladimir Putin pops up from time to time in the "Wilder World Outdoors."
First it was because of a fatal beaver attack (I can't help but think that those are exceedingly rare, even in Russia), and then there was the guy managed to drill a bear on the highway—and catch the whole thing on his dashboard camera. The latest wild story to make its rounds across the Internet, though, is an animal vs. animal story: According to a number of reports, photographs released by London's Zoological Society show what clearly seems to be a golden eagle attacking (and potentially killing) a young deer in the Russian wilderness.
A statement released by the Zoological Society said that the camera had been set up in hopes of catching a picture of the increasingly rare Siberian tiger. When researchers returned to collect the camera, they found a mangled deer carcass nearby—and no discernible predator tracks in the surrounding area.
Upon checking out their stills (which can be seen in the video embedded below), the team learned the truth. Golden eagles aren't small, by any means, and have been known to prey on just about anything they can get their claws on—from smaller birds, to people's house pets. It's not often that a camera captures evidence, however, so I figured I'd share.
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