Golden Eagle takes down Sika deer in Russia

This is astonishing. Sad, but highly unusual to see the eagle take down something so large.

Life in Russia


A camera trap in the forest of the Russian Far East captured rare and surprising images of a golden eagle attacking a young Sika deer.

Golden eagles are not known to attack deer, but the image of the bird latched on to the deer’s back and bringing it down to the snowy ground is as clear as it is puzzling. The eagle’s attack was successful, researchers later found the deer’s carcass a few yards away from the camera trap.

“I’ve assesd deer causes of death in Russia for 18 years — this is the first time I’ve seen anything like this,” said Linda Kerley of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), who found the images so compelling that she co-authored a paper on the attack in the Journal of Raptor Research.

Kerley said she was performing a routine check to switch out the camera trap’s batteries and…

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