Why an Eagle Really Grabbed a Kid
A photograph of a huge bird of prey grabbing onto a boy's head has gone viral—here are possible reasons for its behavior.
A photograph of a massive eagle clutching a child’s head in its talons has set the Internet aflutter—but what was the bird trying to do?
Christine O’Connell captured the wedge-tailed eagle swooping down on the child during "Eagle Encounter" at Alice Springs Desert Park in Australia’s Northern Territory.
The park confirmed to Australia’s NT News that the incident happened July 6 and that the boy had sustained only superficial injuries. They added that they have removed the eagle from the show until they complete an investigation into what happened.
“Instinctively they are carnivorous animals that are looking for something to eat, or defending themselves from something that may be a threat,” he says. “That’s just the nature of the beast.”