There are few occurrences in nature where a large bird of prey has been photographed or video taped taking down it's prey, and even fewer of them taking down large prey like deer.

A camera trap set to capture photos of the endangered Siberian Tigers in the Russian Far East captured a very rare occurrence: a golden eagle capturing a young sika deer.

Warning - Photos are a bit graphic in nature and might not be suitable for children.

Courtesy Zoological Society of London and Wildlife Conservation Society

 

Courtesy Zoological Society of London and Wildlife Conservation Society

 

Courtesy Zoological Society of London and Wildlife Conservation Society

The researchers and scientists at the WCS stated that eagles do not regularly attack deer and there is nothing to suggest that such attacks have any impact on deer populations.

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