Eagle attacking deer, epic confrontation caught on film

Posted at 12:20 AM, Sep 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-25 00:30:05-04

(WGHP)–An incredibly rare death match between a golden eagle and a young deer was captured on a camera set up to snap photos of Russia’s endangered Siberian tigers.

Three images captured by the camera over a 2-second period show an adult golden eagle clinging to the deer’s back. Its carcass was found two weeks later, just a few yards from the camera, initially puzzling researchers.

Credit: Zoological Society of London

Credit: Zoological Society of London

The paper and images appear in the September issue of the Journal of Raptor Research. Authors include Linda Kerley of the Zoological Society of London and Jonathan Slaght of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

“I saw the deer carcass first as I approached the trap on a routine check to switch out memory cards and change batteries, but something felt wrong about it. There were no large carnivore tracks in the snow, and it looked like the deer had been running and then just stopped and died.” said lead author Kerley, who runs the camera trap project. “It was only after we got back to camp that I checked the images from the camera and pieced everything together. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.”

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