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Grabbed by an EAGLE!

post #1 of 27
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My dad told me something amazing. His ex-wife called to tell him about their cat, Blackie. He is a very large indoor-outdoor cat. An EAGLE grabbed him, but must have not had a very good grip (maybe because of his weight???) and dropped him. He has scratches from the talons, but is otherwise ok!!!!!
post #2 of 27
WOW! That is not completely unheard of, but more so with kittens. Eagles and ospreys up here will swoop down and grab salmon so fast you think it was from outer space, but never heard of an adult cat! I'm so glad he is ok! Did he go to the vet to get the punctures checked, so you know? Did he enjoy the ride?
post #3 of 27
Wow, he sure is lucky! I second the trip to the vet, who knows what kind of germs could have been on those talons!
post #4 of 27
OH NO! He must be traumatized, poor Blackie! Hopefully he'll be okay...

I used to see Golden Eagles (some Bald) all the time when living in the Canadian Rockies, and they are about 3 times the size of either of my meowies!
post #5 of 27
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Blackie is with my Dad's ex-wife and they don't live anywhere near me so I don't get to see him anymore. I miss him. My dad didn't know if he had been taken to the vet. I AGREE 100% THAT HE SHOULD GO! Unfortunately, I don't have any control over it. It MUST have been traumatizing. Poor kitty. He just got over a fur problem too!
post #6 of 27
Oh, the poor baby! I hope she keeps him inside only now!
post #7 of 27
Oh that must be so frustrating for you to hear of this and then have no control! That would drive me nuts for days. I would turn into a huge pester-monger. Is he ok yet? have you taken him in yet? what is he doing? has his behavior changed? I would just be impossible to shut up. I do feel for you. Please keep us posted if you find out anything else, this is very interesting to me and I am sending vibes and prayers as it is.
post #8 of 27
When we were at a gas station in Alaska one summer, Mike and I saw this man take this little poodle dog out for a walk in a nearby field. Suddenly a great swoop of wings, and the pup was lifted off the ground and the eagle flew off with him. The man didn't have the puppy on a lead) they had been traveling in a motor home.
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by sashacat421
Oh that must be so frustrating for you to hear of this and then have no control! That would drive me nuts for days. I would turn into a huge pester-monger. Is he ok yet? have you taken him in yet? what is he doing? has his behavior changed? I would just be impossible to shut up. I do feel for you. Please keep us posted if you find out anything else, this is very interesting to me and I am sending vibes and prayers as it is.
Thanks! I'll keep you updated when I find out more.
post #10 of 27
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Originally Posted by hissy
When we were at a gas station in Alaska one summer, Mike and I saw this man take this little poodle dog out for a walk in a nearby field. Suddenly a great swoop of wings, and the pup was lifted off the ground and the eagle flew off with him. The man didn't have the puppy on a lead) they had been traveling in a motor home.
That is so sad. I'm glad my cats are indoor only. There's an ospery nest close to my house.
post #11 of 27
We have chicken hawks that have attacked our outside cats, who now have homes. Unfortunately, they got some of their feral kittens.
post #12 of 27
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Originally Posted by hissy
When we were at a gas station in Alaska one summer, Mike and I saw this man take this little poodle dog out for a walk in a nearby field. Suddenly a great swoop of wings, and the pup was lifted off the ground and the eagle flew off with him. The man didn't have the puppy on a lead) they had been traveling in a motor home.
The same thing happened to my mom's neighbor's lap dog. It was horrible.
post #13 of 27
This is just terrible! So sad and frightening, but I'm glad that Blackie is ok. I once had Sash out on my deck on a leash and something swept over us and my boyfriend said it looked to be a hawk. That frightened the heck out of me! I don't think we will even go outside together on a leash.
post #14 of 27
Poor kitty!
post #15 of 27
I've heard of this happening. Thank goodness the cats okay.
post #16 of 27
Oh how awful! Thank goodness the cat lived to tell the tail!
post #17 of 27
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
My dad told me something amazing. His ex-wife called to tell him about their cat, Blackie. He is a very large indoor-outdoor cat. An EAGLE grabbed him, but must have not had a very good grip (maybe because of his weight???) and dropped him. He has scratches from the talons, but is otherwise ok!!!!!
Holy cow!
post #18 of 27
oh no!!! What a horrible story!!!
post #19 of 27
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Originally Posted by Rockcat
My dad told me something amazing. His ex-wife called to tell him about their cat, Blackie. He is a very large indoor-outdoor cat. An EAGLE grabbed him, but must have not had a very good grip (maybe because of his weight???) and dropped him. He has scratches from the talons, but is otherwise ok!!!!!
How sad. But cats kill birds too! Nature has a balance, I guess.
post #20 of 27
Oh Renee, thank God Blackie survived that! Stupid bird instincts....
post #21 of 27
I have heard that the owls will do that to, my sis-in-law opened her front door one evening and her female cat was right in front of her on the porch and here came an owl and grabbed meow meow, she was lucky also to get away
And they talk about shooting cats for getting the birds although most of those birds are protected Not trying to start anything here either, just a comment,
post #22 of 27
Oh, that is one of the things that scares me the most about letting my cats outside. Just last week I started a thread here about how I freaked out when Sheba didn't come home for a couple of hours after I called and called, then I saw an eagle on the tideflats right below our property eating something black. Thankfully, Sheba showed up right after that. But living on the bay, we have eagles around all the time. Like daily. For about seven years a pair had a nest just three blocks from here. They moved this year, but they still end up sitting in one of the tall hemlock or spruce trees on the vacant lot next to mine almost daily. Scary!
post #23 of 27
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My dad talked to his ex again and found out some details.

Well, the bad news is Blackie was NOT taken to the vet. Also, he is still an indoor-outdoor cat. I didn't get my hopes up that that would change. He still plays in the same field he got picked up from.

When it happened, my dad's ex saw the whole thing. Blackie was grabbed by the eagle, but twisted and turned like a cat does when they are trying to get away. The eagle dropped him in the woods across the street. She ran into the woods to find him. He was just lying there. She picked him up and brought him in the house. He didn't even move for about 24 hours.

The good news is that he has healed well as far as she can tell and his behavior is back to normal.

Thank all of you for your good thoughts and prayers. Prayers for his continued recovery (no residual effects) will be greatly appreciated.
post #24 of 27
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Originally Posted by hissy
When we were at a gas station in Alaska one summer, Mike and I saw this man take this little poodle dog out for a walk in a nearby field. Suddenly a great swoop of wings, and the pup was lifted off the ground and the eagle flew off with him. The man didn't have the puppy on a lead) they had been traveling in a motor home.
Same thing kind of almost happened to us. My ex and I were on a hilltop in Hawaii about 24 years ago, (He was in the USMC) and we were having dinner/picnic overlooking the island. Well, our new puppy, Scruffy, was playing near us in the grass, chasing fireflies. All of a sudden, Dave and I hear a SWOOP/FLAP FLAP FLAP and this HUGE bird (it's dusk out) comes out of no where and swoops down on Scruff! I let out a blood curdling scream and lunged at Scruffy. The bird flew off, but both Dave and I knew what the bird was after. Never went to that hill again!
post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
Same thing kind of almost happened to us. My ex and I were on a hilltop in Hawaii about 24 years ago, (He was in the USMC) and we were having dinner/picnic overlooking the island. Well, our new puppy, Scruffy, was playing near us in the grass, chasing fireflies. All of a sudden, Dave and I hear a SWOOP/FLAP FLAP FLAP and this HUGE bird (it's dusk out) comes out of no where and swoops down on Scruff! I let out a blood curdling scream and lunged at Scruffy. The bird flew off, but both Dave and I knew what the bird was after. Never went to that hill again!
That is so scary! Your quick reflexes saved Scruffy's life!
post #26 of 27
oh wow. Thank you so much for this update..... I am just sitting here taking it all in.
post #27 of 27
Omg Susie, that was so freaky!

I'm glad he is back to normal. Shame he wasn't taken to the vet though.
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