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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Something New to Worry About

posted by on April 17 at 10:37 AM

An eagle carrying off my kid—or just, you know, hurling my kid off a cliff. Sorry, DJ, no more hikes in the Cascades.

Via Towleroad.

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A pit bull would have so owned that eagle.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | April 17, 2008 10:42 AM

I think that kid would have been better off lined up behind steel fence waiting for a bolt to the brain.

Posted by Fala | April 17, 2008 10:46 AM

I grew up in Alaska. When I was a kid an eagle swooped down and flew off with our beloved family cat. Totally traumatized us. I always see them swooping circles over Capitol Hill and I wonder how many family pets have been lost to them in the city. It is kind of the last thing people might expect.

Posted by lilblackcat | April 17, 2008 10:49 AM

I love watching the eagles skim along 34th ave in Madrona grabbing the cats (the bunnies and squirles prove too fast) that constantly poop in the park.

Posted by matt jones | April 17, 2008 10:50 AM

I'm guessing your kid outweighs that kid by at least 50 lbs.

Posted by Mahtli69 | April 17, 2008 10:51 AM

Hey Dan, just put a Salmon in your backpack to bribe off the eagles. Then go walking merrily along the trails at cougar mountain or grizzly hollow. Oh, and an open jar of peanut butter will keep the mosquitos away at night.

Posted by Rain Monkey | April 17, 2008 10:57 AM

How is this new?

Posted by Mr. Poe | April 17, 2008 10:57 AM

What the fuck was that?

Posted by Wes | April 17, 2008 10:59 AM

holy shit.
did anyone make it to that epic fall in last last minute of the video?

Posted by owsley | April 17, 2008 11:01 AM

I would worry more about some perv at the mall grabbing DJ than an Eagle in the Cascades hunting for its fledglings. Humans are always the greatest danger.

Posted by crazycatguy | April 17, 2008 11:10 AM

is the absolut ad everyone was talking about?

Posted by infrequent | April 17, 2008 11:30 AM

Holy crap. That was the most ominous music ever. It made me search the sky above my cubicle to make sure nothing was swooping down from above.

Posted by leek | April 17, 2008 11:30 AM

@7 I hate to quote NBC, but if you haven't seen it, it's new to you.

Posted by Mike of Renton | April 17, 2008 11:35 AM

I saw a Bald Eagle swoop down and take a fish out of Green Lake about ten feet in front of me once. BAM, hit the water and he was away again. Thought I was gonna die.

Posted by Fnarf | April 17, 2008 11:40 AM

See: Zeus and Ganymede.

Posted by inkweary | April 17, 2008 11:42 AM

worry about the grizzlies.

Posted by max solomon | April 17, 2008 11:46 AM

This hawk has been hanging around the Roy/Bellevue/Belmont area near Lake Union on the back side of Capitol Hill for a few months now. According to flyers that were up a few weeks ago, he's been making off with peoples' small dogs.


Posted by Matt Fuckin' Hickey | April 17, 2008 11:47 AM

A friend's dad lives on Hood Canal outside of Belfair, and a few years ago there was a storm that knocked down a tree with an eagle's nest in it. When people went to look at the nest, they found 15 pet collars in it, sans pets.

And that's why my kitty is an indoor-only kitty!

Posted by Jessica | April 17, 2008 11:52 AM

@17 I love that hawk, he drives the crows around my house crazy.

Posted by inkweary | April 17, 2008 12:17 PM

The eagle is my new sworn enemy.

Posted by The General | April 17, 2008 12:27 PM

Goat sure tastes good, just ask that eagle.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | April 17, 2008 12:46 PM

Given that housecats kill something like 100 million songbirds each year (IIRC), it seems fitting that the birds get a little payback from time to time.

Posted by Cascadian | April 17, 2008 12:48 PM

You know, it's too bad that in the real world there's never that ominous music just before something bad happens so you can prepare yourself.

@14 Yeah, I saw one do that once right in front of a boat I was in. I was awed by the precision with which the eagle managed to swoop down and grab the fish and then fly off again with it clasped in its talons.

Posted by PopTart | April 17, 2008 1:19 PM

Nice ragdoll physics engine there

Posted by Xration | April 17, 2008 1:56 PM

I know you have a fetish about the death, pain and torture of other peoples children.

Now that is starting to get mingled with your adopted son.

Seriously Dan, look at this. I am being as serious as I can. You have something going on in your head that is not good and may be dangerous to DJ.

I encourage you to get some therapy regarding this love of child death you have.

Posted by ecce homo | April 17, 2008 2:24 PM

That was STAGED as shit. Don't get me wrong - I'm guessing the filmmakers had heard this sort of thing occurs (I'm sure it does, um, like lemmings running off cliffs), but my money says those fuckers stuck that kid on an isolated shelf, set up the shot, and waited.

I do know this happens to cats as well (and apparently a small dog in Central Park a few years back) - but coyotes and owls (owls are fearless compared to so many wild animals), those are the real dangers to our furry little friends.

I saw some bald eagles bombing the Columbia off I-84 (82?) a few months ago, it was awesome.

Posted by Dougsf | April 17, 2008 3:22 PM

@26 - definitely some footage was reused - the eagle swooping in for the last kid-grab was the same as for the first, although the fall of the kid was different. And the landing of the eagle and the kid in that valley looked a bit...edited. Still, that was great sound editing, and that first bit has completely scarred me.

Posted by genevieve | April 17, 2008 7:18 PM

I really liked the music/sound effects!

Posted by Kenny | April 18, 2008 7:35 AM

I grew up in Kitsap, and a bald eagle once tried to carry off the neighbor's cat. The cat was exceptionally fat and the eagle was luckily not able to get it in the air. After that, she refused to come out of the garage for a week or two.

Posted by sawall | April 18, 2008 9:03 AM

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