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Eagle Nabs Poodle, Delivers it to Retirement Home
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Posted on 05/24/2011 12:52:56 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Her name is May, and she may well be the feel-good story of the month. May is an 18lb (8kg) toy poodle found in the grounds of a nursing home in Sechelt, British Columbia (BC).

While no one saw her arrive, deep talon marks in her back and sides strongly suggest she was the unwilling passenger of a hungry eagle for some time until being dropped from the sky, the Vancouver Sun reported Monday.

Found by staff at the nursing home, about 43 miles (70km) northwest of Vancouver, she was taken to the nearby Sunshine Coast SPCA, who are crediting the bird of prey with saving May's life.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: doggieping; eagle; poodle

1 posted on 05/24/2011 12:52:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway; Joe 6-pack

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2 posted on 05/24/2011 12:56:23 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; metmom; ...
WOOOF!

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3 posted on 05/24/2011 1:01:08 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: nickcarraway

Wait, what? The eagle grabs the dog, later drops it from the sky, but is credited with saving the dog’s life?


4 posted on 05/24/2011 1:12:21 PM PDT by Mich Patriot (A government agency is the closest thing to eternal life you'll ever see on Earth. RReagan)
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To: nickcarraway

This sounds like eagle sh!t. I have seen large bald eagles struggle to fly with a 3-4 lb. pink salmon. An 18 lb. poodle? I doubt it.


5 posted on 05/24/2011 1:15:42 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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To: 43north

Chupacabra.


6 posted on 05/24/2011 1:21:16 PM PDT by ponygirl
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To: Joe 6-pack
From Wikipedia:

Diet

The Bald Eagle's diet is opportunistic and varied, but most feed mainly on fish. In the Pacific Northwest, spawning trout and salmon provide most of the Bald Eagles' diet.[26]

Locally, eagles may rely largely on carrion, especially in winter, and they will scavenge carcasses up to the size of whales, though it seems that carcasses of ungulates and large fish are preferred. They also may sometimes feed on subsistence scavenged or stolen from campsites and picnics, as well as garbage dumps. Mammalian prey includes rabbits, hares, raccoons, muskrats, beavers, and deer fawns. Preferred avian prey includes grebes, alcids, ducks, gulls, coots, egrets, and geese. Most live prey are quite a bit smaller than the eagle, but predatory attacks on larger birds such as swans have been recorded. Reptiles, amphibians and crustaceans (especially crabs) are preyed on when available.

With a freshly caught fish.

To hunt fish, easily their most important live prey, the eagle swoops down over the water and snatches the fish out of the water with its talons. They eat by holding the fish in one claw and tearing the flesh with the other. Eagles have structures on their toes called spiricules that allow them to grasp fish. Osprey also have this adaptation.[24] Bald Eagles have powerful talons and have been recorded flying with a 15-pound Mule Deer fawn.[27] It has been estimated that the gripping power (pounds by square inch) of the bald eagle is ten times greater than that of a human.[28] Sometimes, if the fish is too heavy to lift, the eagle will be dragged into the water. It may swim to safety, but some eagles drown or succumb to hypothermia. When competing for food, eagles will usually dominate other fish-eaters and scavengers, aggressively displacing mammals such as coyotes and foxes, and birds such as corvids, gulls, vultures and other raptors. Bald Eagles may be displaced by themselves or by Golden Eagles. Neither species is known to be dominant, and the outcome depends on the individual animal. Occasionally, Bald Eagles will steal fish and other prey away from smaller raptors, such as Ospreys, a practice known as kleptoparasitism.[29] Healthy adult Bald Eagles are not preyed on in the wild and are thus considered apex predators.[30] In one case, an adult eagle investigating a Peregrine Falcon nest for prey items sustained a concussion from a swooping parent Peregrine, and ultimately died days later from it.[31]

7 posted on 05/24/2011 1:25:30 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: nickcarraway

While I don’t doubt the talon wounds, I don’t think that there is a bald or golden eagle out there that can lift and 18 lb poodle.


8 posted on 05/24/2011 1:28:47 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: 43north

A few years back in Victoria (BC), there was a rash of disappearing cats from the upper floors of an apartment building near Beacon Hill Park.

Later that fall, a giant windstorm hit and brought down some of the bigger trees in the park - and in one of the fallen giants, searchers found a bald eagle’s nest filled with cat skeletons.

True story.


9 posted on 05/24/2011 1:32:07 PM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: nickcarraway
It's a bad idea to let eagles get near dogs.


10 posted on 05/24/2011 1:39:38 PM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: 43north

“This sounds like eagle sh!t.”

Indeed!


11 posted on 05/24/2011 1:44:23 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Don’t know what kind of eagle this is, but it is a bad ass.

I’m sure an 18 pound dog would be no problem for this guy!

http://mothwing.com/mothballs/test-post


12 posted on 05/24/2011 1:45:27 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Mich Patriot

Yeah I didn’t get hat one either.


13 posted on 05/24/2011 1:55:51 PM PDT by FourtySeven (47)
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To: Joe 6-pack; nickcarraway

That’s one lucky pup. She somehow got a huge raptor to drop her, and from a low-enough altitude that she wasn’t further injured. Then the SPCA took over and helped with her medical needs (talon wounds, broken ribs, and general neglect) and solicited donors to pay for that. When she’s better, the pup, “May,” will be adopted. And she deserves a happy family.


14 posted on 05/24/2011 1:57:18 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: nickcarraway
Eagle Nabs Poodle, Delivers it to Retirement Home

Guess Michael Vick really has turned over a new leaf.

15 posted on 05/24/2011 1:58:23 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Blood of Tyrants

“I don’t think that there is a bald or golden eagle out there that can lift an 18 lb poodle.”

There are many eagles that could do. And amazingly most eagles weigh less than 18 lbs.


16 posted on 05/24/2011 2:13:50 PM PDT by proudpapa
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To: nickcarraway

In the early 90’s, while on vacation with the family..we were on an Alaskan cruise...I begged off yet another visit to an Indian museusm, went for a run, and stumbled across the Alaskan Raptor Rehabolitation Center, outside of Sitka. One of the best afternoons I’ve ever spent. Got to hold an injued eagle while they resplinted his wing, and also wore one of the heavy gloves as the eagle perched on my arm. The birds, thogh big, are amazingly light..and the strength in their talons is unreal. Very powerful. Also, they absolutely stink to high heaven. It’s awfulMost of their diet is carrion, so they don’t need a sense of smell..thank Gawd for them.. I still sponsor a bird each year..when it’s released they send me a clip....


17 posted on 05/24/2011 2:23:01 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: proudpapa

My wife is a master falconer. She loves eagles, but sticks with big female Red Tail hawks. Even her Red Tail has taken a “ride” on her Jack Russell terrier. Fortunately no damage. An eagle walking up your arm can sink talons deeply enough to cut a major blood vessel. A full arm glove with protection for neck and shoulder is recommended. The poodle was lucky.


18 posted on 05/24/2011 2:29:52 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: proudpapa

My wife is a master falconer. She loves eagles, but sticks with big female Red Tail hawks. Even her Red Tail has taken a “ride” on her Jack Russell terrier. Fortunately no damage. An eagle walking up your arm can sink talons deeply enough to cut a major blood vessel. A full arm glove with protection for neck and shoulder is recommended. The poodle was lucky.


19 posted on 05/24/2011 2:31:09 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: I cannot think of a name

WOW,just wow.


20 posted on 05/24/2011 2:39:52 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: HANG THE EXPENSE
“WOW,just wow.”

I have that same video that somebody sent me in an e-mail. There's one brief frame of the guy holding the bird before it starts, and it sounds like they are speaking German.

Honestly, if there were birds like that around here, I'd be worried for toddlers. Did you notice that it completely rolls over with the deer - and hangs on!

21 posted on 05/24/2011 2:43:14 PM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: I cannot think of a name

I did indeed.One tough bird.


22 posted on 05/24/2011 2:53:01 PM PDT by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: ken5050
I still sponsor a bird each year..when it’s released they send me a clip....

Probably a scam, sending you different clips of the same bird every year.

23 posted on 05/24/2011 3:05:10 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Oh ye of little faith....


24 posted on 05/24/2011 3:22:50 PM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I’ve heard of them grabbing lambs. Here’s a news story and pic about one:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1361000/Golden-eagle-clutches-lamb-Isle-Mull-razor-sharp-talons.html
Swooping assassin: Pictured for the first time in Britain, a soaring golden eagle clutches a bloodied lamb in its razor-sharp talons - confirming farmers’ worst fears for their flocks


25 posted on 05/24/2011 3:27:32 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Here’s a bird of prey, don’t know what kind, grabbing a mountain goat. There’s video of him actually flying off with one. Poor mountain goat:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XafAdkZIYKA&NR=1


26 posted on 05/24/2011 3:33:56 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: nickcarraway

27 posted on 05/24/2011 3:34:25 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Myrddin

It’s amazing how strong raptor’s talons are. You can find videos on You tube of Mongolian horsemen using eagles to actually hunt and kill wolves. If they can kill a wolf, they could kill a person. Of course they can’t take off with them, but they don’t have too much of a problem killing them. Just unbelievable power.

Freegards


28 posted on 05/24/2011 3:34:46 PM PDT by Ransomed
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To: beaversmom

I have seen that. Quite amazing. Have you seen the videos of the hunters in Mongolia(?) who use eagles to hunt and kill wolves?


29 posted on 05/24/2011 3:41:43 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I think I have seen those videos posted on FR. They are some mighty predators.


30 posted on 05/24/2011 4:46:18 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: nickcarraway; MotleyGirl70; Cagey; Mr. Brightside; earlJam; Rb ver. 2.0; lesser_satan; Taffini; ...
FOWLER: Careful. Hawks and squirrels eagles and poodles don't get along together.

(the Hawk eagle starts making squawking sounds)

KRAMER: Ohhh. another interesting confrontation. This could be spicy. Yeah, George bring him over.

GEORGE: Uh.

FOWLER: No, you idiot! Hawks eat squirrels eagles eat poodles!

31 posted on 05/24/2011 4:55:56 PM PDT by Gamecock (It's not eat drink and be merry because tommow we die, but rather because yesterday we were dead.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

I wouldn’t doubt this story. We have a large 10LB Chihuahua and the two Redtail Hawks who live in our neighborhood target her all the time. They follow us when we walk her. I’m talking flying really low overhead and then landing on the street sign and staring at her all the way by. One day she was out on the deck and I went to call her in and there was a hawk sitting on the edge of the gutter sizing her up. Now she can only go out if the larger dog is with her.

Raptors are incredible predators. The Mongolians use Golden Eagles to hunt wolves. The Eagles kill the wolves. Check it out on Youtube.


32 posted on 05/24/2011 8:59:40 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Our man in washington
"It's a bad idea to let eagles get near dogs." < picture of M. Vick, Eagles QB# 7 >

OUCH

LMAO!!! You tell it, Diogenes from WA!

Nicely done.

;-)

33 posted on 05/25/2011 11:38:08 AM PDT by Gargantua (Palin 2012 ~ "Going Oval" ©2010 by Gargantua)
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