A golden eagle taking out a deer doesn’t sound like a particularly gripping event, but that hasn’t stopped the internet from going absolutely nuts over three images that captured the incident as it happened.
In a paper that appeared in this month’s edition of the Journal of Raptor Research, Linda Kerley of the Zoological Society of London and Jonathan Slaght of the Wildlife Conservation Society included three pictures (taken within two seconds) that break down an eagle swooping onto a deer’s back and killing it.
"There were no large carnivore tracks in the snow, and it looked like the deer had been running and then just stopped and died," Kerley said in a statement. "It was only after we got back to camp that I checked the images from the camera and pieced everything together. I couldn't believe what I was seeing."
Originally, the camera had been set up to capture poachers going after Russia’s endangered Siberian Tigers.