Bird vs. Bambi: Cameras capture golden eagle's deadly attack on a deer in Russia

  • Article by: RAPHAEL SATTER , Associated Press
  • Updated: September 26, 2013 - 10:57 AM

LONDON — The eagle, red-handed.

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cruexlickerSep. 26, 1311:15 AM

Nature is often neither fair, gentle or humane.

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chastaylorSep. 26, 1311:57 AM

This is the capture of an awesome event of nature.

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davehougSep. 26, 1312:09 PM

Nature still has plenty of surprises for us.

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mpls5555Sep. 26, 13 1:43 PM

Minnesota Vikings take note: Excellent "man on man" coverage. Tenacity. Set your goals high. If you're hungry enough, you can do anything. Taking care of business in the snow (next year). If an eagle can take down a deer, surely a Viking can take down a Lion, a Bear, a Colt, a Bengal... I know there's more there, chime in anyone.

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cinemajaySep. 26, 13 2:09 PM

Since dinosaurs evolved into birds you can sorta' just think of this as Jurassic Park: Russian Style.

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carlbsSep. 26, 13 2:12 PM

A Golden Eagle weighs max about 10 pounds, so either this deer was very young or is a different, smaller species than those found here.

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greatg90Sep. 26, 13 2:22 PM

It is a young "Sika" deer

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greatg90Sep. 26, 13 2:23 PM

From NPR: Dr. Linda Kerley sent us a little more on how the deer may have died: "It is true that we cannot say for sure how the deer died and it could have died from stress, but I do believe it happened quickly because the first vulture showed up and was photographed in the same camera trap just 68 minutes later followed by other avian and mammalian scavengers. This was the first time I have ever photographed a vulture in a camera trap so I assume they were attracted to the deer carcass. Tracks in snow also showed no indication that the deer struggled for long."

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