Those of us here in the United States tend to look admiringly on Eagles. The bald ones are the emblem of our national spirit. The golden eagles are revered by native communities and still stand as a symbol of bravery and wisdom. I’m not sure how the boy in this story feels now, after an eagle made a good attempt at carrying him off for lunch.
The incident happened during a wildlife show at the Alice Springs Desert Park, an Australian Zoo in the Northern Territory. The boy was playing with the zipper on his hoodie, and it attracted the attention of the eagle. The bird of prey swooped down on the boy and tried to carry him off.
The wedge-tailed eagle was part of the show, and not typically prone to attacking the spectators. Chris O’Connell took these pictures and posted to Instagram. The 7 year old, wearing a green hoodie–hood pulled up onto his head–had little warning of the attack. The Eagle sank his talons into the kid, but managed to miss his scalp.
The eagle did get the hoodie, though, and it tried to lift the boy by the hood of his sweatshirt.
What caused the attack? Did the boy look like lunch, or something the wedge-tailed eagle would hunt in the wild? Hardly. Those who witnessed the spectacle said the boy was monkeying with the zipper on his hoodie, zipping it up and down, and that the sound irritated the bird.
“For some reason, the wedge-tailed eagle did not like it and instead of flying over to the log he is meant to for a photo opportunity he flew straight at the young boy and attacked him,” O’Connell wrote.
Though eagles can lift prey much heavier than themselves, the bird couldn’t get the boy off the ground. Park staff Jumped in to separate them and the rest of the show was canceled.
The boy, who now has an epic story to tell, did get a few cuts on his face. Hopefully they’ll scar up good.
Where’d ya get them scars?
I was attacked by an eagle.