Golden eagle attacks villagers in China

Eagle attacks villagers in revenge, locals say|Odd News|chinadaily.com.cn.

Two villagers in Muling county, Heilongjiang province, were attacked by a golden eagle several times within two years after they ate a young golden eagle, Heilongjiang Morning Post reported on Tuesday.

A golden eagle attacked a man named Yang for more than 20 minutes when he was harvesting wheat on Saturday morning. After Yang was helped into a police car, the golden eagle continued the attack, diving at the windshield and chasing the car for 700 meters, the report said.

Yang was badly injured in his face, neck and arms, but it was not the worst time he was injured by golden eagles, according to the report. In April 2011, when he was planting in the mountain, a golden eagle attacked him, cutting his head, and he got 21 stitches.

A fellow villager named Wu has also been attacked by the golden eagle several times since August 2010. In April 2011, he received gashes in his head and hands in an attack and piece of flesh was ripped from his forehead.

Tip: Richard Tubman

This DOES happen. See here.

Golden Eagle Attacks Cameraman by Shamil Zhumatov

The villagers feel the attack was for revenge but these animals do attack. Their motives can not be determined. But to suggest that the bird maintained a memory of the men for two years? That’s a stretch.

  6 comments for “Golden eagle attacks villagers in China

  1. oldebabe
    August 15, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    We need toget some info from someone who knows about raptors/eagles…

  2. mxyzptlk
    August 15, 2012 at 4:56 PM

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    • August 15, 2012 at 5:27 PM

      No kidding. It’s weird how several stories tend to cluster.

  3. Kate
    August 15, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    I think it’s most likely that the eagle was either nesting somewhere nearby or coming into breeding condition. I worked as a zookeeper with birds for a number of years and while I’m by no means a raptor expert, I do know that some species of raptors can be quite aggressive when defending their young. I don’t think it’s outside the realm of possibility that a pair of eagles could learn to identify humans as a threat to their chicks, then attack them in future breeding seasons. The notion that the birds were getting revenge for the death of a chick in the past seems a bit far fetched to me.

  4. Bob
    August 16, 2012 at 6:12 AM

    It agrees well with studies of crows and ravens, which can remember individual human faces for as long as 5 years, and even teach their young to fear certain harmful people. I don’t have time to dig it all up, but birds are testing our conception of intelligence. One example:

    http://news.discovery.com/animals/angry-crows-memory-life-threatening-behavior-110628.html

    • Bob
      August 16, 2012 at 6:14 AM

      Doubt, ideally, leads to new questions. Goggle isn’t difficult.

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