I have seen this old set of photos before and obviously it was "PhotoShopped" with whatever version there was "back in the day" (a Golden Eagle female that might weigh 14 pounds, can lift about half her weigh from level ground). I have worked with a few Golden Eagles in the past. One was a large female named Cherokee. We were training her to fly to our gloves and she didn't like being hungry. She'd land on my glove with her hackles raised, her feet spread wide apart and her 7 foot wingspan held in a "I might attack you mode". It was the scariest thing I've seen in my 35 years of bird handling experience (I have been chased by a 350 pound male Ostrich that was defending his nest. This still wasn't as scary as the eagle!) We made a decision to discontinue her free flight training and fattened her back up before she seriously injured someone. After this, she was as docile as a duck.
Volunteered for a rescue and rehabilitation center for raptors called "Sky Hunters", located in San Diego county. They have a set of pictures of a guy who got too close to the red tail hawk enclosure. Not pretty. Powerful animals....but not THAT powerful.
I seem to recall reading that those vidoes were staged as well... - like they released the goat, and had a trained eagle or something - so an eagle really did take down the goats, but that it wasn't a natural behavior - I've seen other photos of Eagles trained by humans to take down prey provided by the humans that the Eagles normally wouldn't.
However, on the topic of Eagles attacking babies.
We know other Eagles attack primates (harpy Eagle)
And if you believe there is a grain of truth in legend (such as mythical monsters being explanations for fossils found by primitive humans), then it seems reasonable to believe human children have been prey for Eagles, at least ones that recently became extinct:
Haast's Eagle (Harpagornis moorei) was a species of massive eagle that once lived on the South Island of New Zealand. The species was the largest eagle known to have existed. Its prey consisted mainly of gigantic flightless birds that were unable to defend themselves from the striking force and speed of these eagles, which at times reached 80 km/h (50 mph). The Eagle's massive size may have been an evolutionary response to the size of its prey, as both would have been much smaller when they first came to the island, and would have grown larger over time due to lack of competition (see Island gigantism). The Haast's Eagle became extinct about 1400, when its major food sources, the moa, were hunted to extinction by Maori living on the island and much of its dense-forest habitat was cleared.
-It seems the aborigines drove it to extinction by habitat destruction driving its primary prey to extinction.
-These things were >10 kilos with 2.5-3 meter wingspans...
It is believed that these birds are described in many legends of the Māori, under the names Pouakai, Hokioi, or Hakawai.... According to an account given to Sir George Grey, an early governor of New Zealand, Hokioi were huge black-and-white predators with a red crest and yellow-green tinged wingtips. In some Māori legends, Pouakai kill humans, which scientists believe could have been possible if the name relates to the eagle, given the massive size and strength of the bird.
I can imagine a 25 lb Eagle with stout/strong low aspect ratio wings that was used to preying on 200 lb Moa, would attack human infants and children. _________________ H4, Litespeed 4 w/ Mylar sail.
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