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Bald eagle swoops down and steals woman's cat in Texas!

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This has got to be a rare occurance, i've never heard of this before.
http://www.yahoo.com/s/996250
post #2 of 16
Dottie had a cousin living on our property in Arkansas, and she had several cat/kittens carried off by Great Horned Owls.
post #3 of 16
I have heard of this before. Very sad. I cant read the article. I hope the lady didnt witness it.
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When we still lived in Florida, there was a Red-Tailed Hawk that tried several times to swipe my landlady's dog! I just think that if it's something small enough for them to consider a prey item, they'll try to have a go at a small dog or cat.
post #5 of 16
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But bald eagles eat fish and small ducks, a cat at least weighs 8-10 pounds unless it's a kitten. Too big for usual bald eagle prey.

The women did witness it happen, the link is a video interview she did. She didnt catch it on video so you wont see it. She claims the eagle was going after a squirrel in the tree and missed and the first thing it saw was the cat and probably confused it for the squirrel.
post #6 of 16
A golden eagle carried off my parents' neighbor's dog a couple of years ago. She was standing right next to the dog, too.
post #7 of 16
Oh no... what a sad thing to happen! I can't imagine watching something like that happen, even though I know that the birds of prey are just looking out for themselves.

This is all the more reason for folks to keep their cats indoors, and I suppose small dogs as well! Okay, I know this doesn't prevent really bold birds from swiping small pets from right under their owner's noses.
post #8 of 16
I saw a red tailed hawk grab a baby Canada goose once, it was sad but at the same time, it was just the way nature works. I keep my furchildren inside because I would hate for anything like this to happen to them.
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This is one of the reasons why my household is so large. When I found a litter of feral kittens, I would get them inside as quickly as possible because one of the biggest predators in the area are red tailed hawks and owls (including great horned). It's very sad, but it is nature.
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
This is one of the reasons why my household is so large. When I found a litter of feral kittens, I would get them inside as quickly as possible because one of the biggest predators in the area are red tailed hawks and owls (including great horned). It's very sad, but it is nature.

The same dangers here, this side of the Sierra And I don't have a good yard dog anymore, my beloved Tasha (Germ.Shep/husky mix) now guards the RB Bridge, and the dogs my hubby likes are rottie mixes, and he's a passive dog owner, so my own dogs are the biggest threats to my cats and any future livestock I may choose to own
Last year, my vet told me of a find near a Great Horned owl's nest, of pellets and several cat or small dog collars. One of the collars belonged to one of her missing patients, so she posted a warning on the office bulletin board. I was surprised at how many people didn't realize that birds of prey take pets, too.
That poor lady and her poor cat. What a horrifying experience- the memories will haunt her forever!! I can only hope that the eagle did the deed quickly, and the little kitty's spirit now scampers happily over RB Bridge...
post #11 of 16
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Too big for usual bald eagle prey.
No it's not. I have seen hawks in my area take rabbits. You would be shocked but what they can carry. Bald Eagles are HUGE! I just wikipedia'd their diet and...

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Mammalian prey includes rabbits, hares, raccoons, muskrats, beavers, sea otters, and deer fawns.

I just wanted to add..My god that's a beautiful bird. I have only seen one once when I was hiking by house. It's a majestic experience.
post #12 of 16
We have Bald eagles, Golden eagles, redtail hawks, and owls where I live. I see them on a daily basis. Last week we had a beautiful Bald eagle circling the fields around my work hunting. They consider our pet cats prey and will take them just like coyotes and other predators will do the same thing. Thats why it's important to keep our babies safe inside the home.

Eagles are big birds! One of our product associates at work was hunting turkey and he had a turkey decoy sitting out in a field. A bald eagle swooped down on it and nailed it. He showed us the damage that was done to the decoy and it was amazing! These birds have huge talons. Great horned owls are huge too!
post #13 of 16
There's a pair of red tailed hawks at my DH's workplace. They used to have a cat there, but one day he was taken by the hawks.
These birds are just hunting to survive.
Poor lady seeing that happen to her cat though.
post #14 of 16
I went out to feed the ferals at my old house early one morning (just at dawn) to find a Great Horned Owl sitting in a tree branch over my patio. I fed the ferals on that patio. It made me a bit nervous.

And red tailed hawks are so common around here that you could probably swing a baseball bat randomly and hit one (ok, so I exaggerate a bit but you get the point).

We put up a kestral house at the old place and some starlings moved in to nest in it. Once the babies were hatched, the kestrals came by and used it as a bird feeder.
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Eagles can definitely take a cat. We have several kinds of hawks in our area and I've seen Bald Eagles soaring low over our neighborhood. The kitties do not go outside. When we added Lola to the household at our last apartment we lived on the edge of the woods. We had: hawks, eagles, owls (heard them close at night), raccoons, foxes, coyotes and dogs that ran off leash. We couldn't believe she had survived as long as she did, being so little and injured.

We are pretty sure Lola had an encounter with an owl, her first night I forgot to close the blinds and the vet had said not to run a fan so the window was cracked. I went in to check on her and she was terrified, I heard an owl nearby! So after that I ran the fan (white noise) and made sure I remembered to close the blinds. Being on the edge of the woods you could hear the night creatures.
post #16 of 16
I take Jamie back inside whenever I see a hawk around here - I've seen them swoop down and grab rabbits too many times, so when I take him for a walk, I watch the sky.

We rarely ever see owls, but have foxes all over the place. They've become so used to humans that it's not unusual to see them loping down a busy street in broad daylight. Everybody's cats must see or smell them, because there are times (like the past three days) when the neighborhood cats simply refuse to go outside.
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