‘It’s the first time I’ve seen anything like it. It’s rare for golden eagles to snatch up deer,” says a zoologist.
Three images were captured by accident when a camera was set up to study the Siberian tiger in a remote region of southeast Russia.
The raptor — a typical golden eagle weighs about 12 pounds with an average wingspan of more than 7 feet — wasn’t able to carry off his prey.
Linda Kerley of the Zoological Society of London found the deer carcass in the snow.
“There were no large carnivore tracks in the snow, and it looked like the deer had been running and then just stopped and died,” Kerley says.
Kerley published her findings in last month’s Journal of Raptor Research.
h/t Daily Mail