A young boy attending a bird show in Australia got more than he could ever hope for when an eagle swooped down and tried to carry him off.
The incident took place at the Alice Springs Desert Park during a popular “Birds of Prey” show that features a wedge-tailed eagle as the main attraction.
Those in attendance say the boy was playing with the zipper on his hoodie, pulling it up and down repeatedly. The sound may have agitated the bird, because instead of flying to a log for a photo opportunity as expected, the eagle flew directly at the boy and attempted to grab his head.
Not the sharpest photo but lucky just to snap it. At a nature park in Alice Springs we decided to go to a bird show the young boy in the green kept pulling his zipper up and down. For some reason the Wedge Tailed Eagle did not like it and instead of flying over to the log he is meant to for a photo opportunity he flew straight at the young boy. The show was quickly cancelled and the boy taken off to first aid. Those talons are huge he was a very lucky young boy.
The BBC reports that the boy, estimated to be between six and eight years old, screamed as the bird flew directly at him from some 15 metres away.
According to the Melbourne Herald Sun, the boy is believed to be for Albury-Wodonga, Australia, and was left with a large but “superficial” gash on his face.
The wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey, with a wingspan of up to 2.5 metres.
Bystander Keenan Lucas told the Sun that the park staff shut down the presentation as soon as the attack occurred.
“He screamed, the mother was distraught, and the presenters wrapped up the show very quickly,” said Lucas.
Bystander Christine O’Connell was quick enough to capture the moment in real-time and, posted it to Instagram.
“Those talons are huge, wrote O’Connell. “He was a very lucky young boy.”