- A golden eagle attempts to pick up an entire goat before falling down the side of a cliff with it.
- The golden eagle primarily eats medium-sized prey that weighs less than eight pounds but may sometimes choose between smaller prey, like mice, and larger ones such as canids.
- The two animals continue down a hill and when the goat begins to use its legs to run, the pair eventually crash into a large boulder.
With technology and AI getting more and more advanced, it’s hard to tell if what you’re seeing online is real. It’s up to you whether or not what you’re about to witness appears real or fake. There is a lot of debate online and many people can’t seem to make up their minds.
So, what’s the footage in question? A golden eagle takes it upon itself to pick up an entire goat and attempt to fly around with it before falling down the side of a cliff. We know, it sounds about as wild as it looks.
The golden eagle mostly consumes rabbits, rodents, and birds in its open settings. A golden eagle requires high ledges or soars through the air to find prey before dropping on unwary animals on the ground. It then subdues its catch using its razor-sharp claws.
The golden eagle primarily eats medium-sized prey that weighs less than eight pounds. But it may choose between smaller prey, like mice, and larger ones such as canids. The golden eagle eats a range of prey due to its extensive geographic range in the northern hemisphere. It typically hunts animals that are plentiful locally, though.
Golden Eagle Hunting Tactics
The majority of the time, golden eagles hunt alone and eat their prey by themselves. It will periodically hunt in collaboration with another animal, usually another member of its family.
One half of a hunting pair typically follows the prey whereas the other goes straight after it to capture it. The prey is often killed by the animal who catches it, who then either shares it with the other individual in the duo or brings it to the nest to nourish the chicks.
Group hunting, which typically involves more than two eagles, who are typically unrelated, is an even more uncommon type of hunting. Generally speaking, communal hunting is utilized to catch huge animals like foxes, wild boars, young deer, and many others.
A Rough Flight
As the eagle digs its talons into the goat, the other animals watch closely. Because the bird can’t lift the entire weight of the goat, it isn’t able to lift the animal completely into the air. Goats typically weigh between 44 and 310 pounds. No offense to the golden eagle, but it’s incredibly unlikely that one could lift one by itself.
The goat turns into a ragdoll and lets its body go limp for a short time. As the two animals continue down a hill, the goat begins to use its legs to run, and the pair eventually crash into a large boulder!
One comment on the video puts it all into perspective. They say, “Just to clear up confusion, an eagle is way too weak to actually lift up a goat. Their large wingspan allows them to act as a “parachute” once they grab the goat. They use their speed to drag the goat towards the edge, and if it works, they then use their wings to glide with the goat so its drop is my severe.”
The commenter continues, “While rare, on occasion, the eagle fails and the goat stomps the eagle to death. Due to their hollow bones, even the largest eagle in the world could easily be fatally wounded by even a bobcat. They ate glass cannons. They can cause a lot of damage, but one good hit from the prey could be fatal.”