Skip to comments.Dog survives abduction by eagle
Posted on 01/10/2005 8:31:45 PM PST by Shermy
Jill Slevin didn't want to tell her kids Wednesday that she had pretty much given up hope of finding their dog Freddie alive.
The Pekingese mix had disappeared a week earlier. And an extensive search over the course of several below-zero nights had proved futile. "We had a lot of weepy eyes over the New Year's weekend," Slevin said Wednesday of her three children.
But then, miraculously, Freddie showed up at the door of their home north of Bozeman at noon Wednesday -- one week after he had disappeared.
He was covered with ice, riddled with bug bites and had cuts around his neck.
Slevin immediately put Freddie on a blanket and quickly took him to Valley View Veterinary Hospital, where veterinarian John McIlhattan checked out the wounded dog.
The cuts led McIlhattan to determine that the little dog had been picked up by an eagle. The marks were in fact caused by an eagle digging its talons into Freddie's neck.
The eagle likely dropped Freddie at some point, leaving the dog to find his way home. McIlhattan surmised that the dog then found some type of shelter and bedding to stay warm for a week. Whatever he was lying on, however, was likely infested with bugs, which bit his belly up terribly.
But the tradeoff was probably worth it because the bedding was vital for keeping Freddie warm, the vet said.
"He's a pretty lucky dog to be getting home in this kind of weather," he said.
He also said he was surprised how well the 13-year-old dog had endured his ordeal.
"He was chilled, but he seemed to be able to walk," McIlhattan said. "He seemed remarkably chipper for what he'd been through."
Freddie also suffered a scratch on the cornea, and lost three pounds.
He was last seen in a neighbor's driveway late in the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 29, Slevin said. The neighbors joined the Slevins in searching for the pooch for several days, but to no avail.
Slevin plastered town with posters and ran an ad in the Chronicle looking for any clues to Freddie's whereabouts, but no one had seen a thing.
Then, a week later, one of the family's other dogs began whimpering and barking. Slevin looked outside and discovered Freddie at the door.
By afternoon, Slevin's three children were busy pampering a sedated Freddie, stroking his head as the dog nursed his wounds while lying on a blanket.
"We're all just amazed," she said. "He's our miracle."
Maybe... ;~D Makes for a better story than "A Rottweiler got him" I guess... ;~D
I love this story!..Thanks for a good news post!
Whenever there are large numbers of big birds in my backyard I won't let my dog outside because I have this fear something like this is going to happen. I think it comes from watching the movie "The Birds" when I was a kid. My husband things I'm crazy.
Maybe the eagle doesn't like Chinese food.
I love your animated dog.
Sure. Even eagles know that you'll just be hungry again an hour later...
A true alien abduction.
He's great. That's the doggie attitude alright!
Maybe the Eagle couldn't find any chopsticks.
I hate when that happens.........
...............to ME !
Maybe the eagle dropped the Pekinese when it espied a nice German Dachshund.
MRE, Meal Rejected by Eagles.
I can't have a pooch (I have allergics in the household). I wish I could adopt that little fella as my cyber-pup.
Who turns down chinese food for hot dogs?
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