Eagle tries to carry off Australian boy
From the BBC
A wedge-tailed eagle tried to fly away with a terrified boy at a popular wildlife show in central Australia.
A crowd of stunned onlookers watched the enormous bird latch its talons on to the screaming boy’s head during a show at Alice Springs Desert Park.
Witnesses said the bird attempted to pick him up “like a small animal”.
The boy – believed to be between six and eight years old – escaped with a “superficial” gash to his face.
Christine O’Connell from Horsham in Victoria state was visiting the park with her husband on 6 July when the attack occurred.
She told the BBC the eagle flew straight for the boy from about 15m away.
“A fellow who was sitting closer said the little boy kept running his zipper up and down,” said Mrs O’Connell, who caught the attack on her camera.
Distracted by the noise, the eagle grabbed the boy’s green hoodie and attempted to lift him away before park staff moved in, Mrs O’Connell said.
The attack left the boy crying and bleeding, but his injuries were not severe.
A Victorian man who was in the crowd, Keenan Lucas, told the NT News the show was ended quickly after the attack.
“We’re at the bird show in the afternoon, having a great time and looking forward to seeing the wedge-tailed eagle come out for the finale,” he said.
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