A MASSIVE eagle attacked a young boy at a wildlife show by swooping on his head and latching its talons into his skull, according to reports. The youngster, 7, was left bleeding after the huge wedge-tailed eagle tried to drag him away at the park in Australia.
The terrifying incident occurred last week at Alice Springs Desert Park, an educational facility in the Northern Territory. Christine O’Connell uploaded a dramatic image of the attack to Instagram, saying the eagle had become irritated by the boy’s hoodie.
She wrote: “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 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 young boy.” She added the boy was upset and there was “a lot of blood” but she presumed his injuries were not too serious.
“He tried to pull him over – I really think with the hood on and making the noise, the bird thought it was some type of prey.” The wedge-tailed eagle, found in Australia, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia, has a wingspan reaching almost 10ft and is Australia’s largest bird of prey.
A spokesperson for the park told The Guardian the eagle would be removed from the show while the incident was investigated.