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Boy (7) slashed in face after eagle attack at bird show

By Jess Staufenberg

Published 13/07/2016

A young boy was attacked by an eagle at a birds of prey show in Australia, leaving him with a gash to his face as it tried to snatch him away. Stock image
A young boy was attacked by an eagle at a birds of prey show in Australia, leaving him with a gash to his face as it tried to snatch him away. Stock image

A young boy was attacked by an eagle at a birds of prey show in Australia, leaving him with a gash to his face as it tried to snatch him away.

The seven-year-old was visiting Alice Springs Desert Park with his family when the eagle swooped down, apparently aggravated, and latched on to his hood and head with its talons.

He was reportedly pulling the zip on his camouflage jacket up and down repeatedly before the eagle changed course and headed his way in the middle of the show.

Christine O’Connelly, who was standing nearby, described the scene, which she captured on camera: “For some reason the wedge-tailed eagle did not like (the boy pulling at his zip) and instead of flying over to the log he is meant to, for a photo opportunity, he flew straight at the young boy and attacked him.

“The show was quickly cancelled and the boy taken off to first aid. Those talons are huge, he was a very lucky boy.”

It was the first time the wedge-tailed eagle, whose species have a wingspan of up to 2.84 metres, had ever attacked a member of the public.

The boy and his mother were reportedly distraught, according to The Herald Sun. The park said the boy’s wounds were not serious, but that the incident was under investigation.

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