December 28, 2011

Eagles and kitties.

Together at last.



(Via Metafilter.)

31 comments:

Methadras said...

That eagle was screaming, "Bitch, get out my face."

edutcher said...

The cats are walking around like, "If we ignore them, they won't notice us, right?", and then, "Mom, thank God, it's you".

The birds, OTOH, are all, "Well, there goes lunch". And, to the woman, "Thanks a quart! Bitch!".

Irene said...

Don't those people watch "Alaska State Troopers?"

Amartel said...

Awk! The large food, it is videotaping me. Awk!

Kit said...

Are these eagles vegetarian or maybe just nearsited?

Phil 3:14 said...

He must feed the eagles

Jason said...

Someone should have put a "RECALL WALKER" sign around that eagle's neck. Then it would have fit in perfectly in this state.

rhhardin said...

That seagull call is why they use the Red Tail Hawk in screaming eagle sound clips.

rhhardin said...

Cats are fatal to birds, too, by way of some kind of infection that a cat bite or scratch carries. Maybe it's a standoff.

Google: Cats transmit a bacterium called pasteurella with their bites or scratches. In birds, this causes Pasteurella septicemia, which means death within 24 hours if not treated

kcom said...

"Google: Cats transmit a bacterium called pasteurella with their bites or scratches. In birds, this causes Pasteurella septicemia, which means death within 24 hours if not treated"

Plus, cats taste like snark.

WV: sarka

jacksonjay said...

Eagles are definitely being fed!
Deer have become a real danger here in Texas because of all the "country" people feeding them! I drive through West Texas often. Deer are not a road hazard in the open spaces! The closer you get to DFW the more dangerous they become.

YoungHegelian said...

Cats transmit a bacterium called pasteurella with their bites or scratches.

I'll vouch for that. I got bitten -- really down into the muscle bitten -- by a neighbor's crazed cat, and my hand swelled up like a balloon. Two weeks of horse pills of Augmentin.

The doc said that the only common bite worse than a cat bite is a human bite. We have nasty mouths.

PS: No way in hell would I let a cat of that size anywhere near an eagle. Too much chance of mischief on either side.

YoungHegelian said...

Oh God... It took me this long to figure it out...

Bald Eagles.

Pussies

You're just trying to break Peter Ironrails Ironweights heart completely, aren't you?

bobby said...

You're very brave. Or, you've not witnessed or experienced one of those thingies deciding to do a quick hit-n-gedouda-town defensive move.

All of the puncture wounds only need, like, one stitch each to close 'em up, but, man, they're deep, they hurt, and there's typically ten to twenty of them on your front arm.

Of course, that was a Wisconsin eagle, so he was probably just too high to attack anything. Up at the lake, if somebody gets a cat, we all call it "Lunch" and then watch for the eagles to start taking rest breaks on the tall pine tree on the ridge above the road.

toby said...

I would keep a cat count daily.

John Cunningham said...

I wonder where this was taped? the lush treeless green looks like Kodiak or the Aleutians.

marylynn said...

Crazy! We had a cat that looked exactly like that gray one. His name was Sticks, had a brother named Stones. He was five toed; could pick pencils up off the floor like a human. He would have been too smart to put himself out there as eagle bait. I think.

traditionalguy said...

It must be wildlife theme day.

Chimps, eagles and OWS Occupants.

At least the cats are house trained.

Dark Eden said...

This video actually got me talking to the screen. It was like watching a horror movie. "Althouse don't go up to them birds! They're screechin don't you hear them? Back the f up now woman! Oh no she isn't backing up!"

Add a track of 'chchchch... ah ah ah ah...' and you have a horror movie scene.

David said...

The eagle's name is Hitchcock.

Cedarford said...

John Cunningham said...
I wonder where this was taped? the lush treeless green looks like Kodiak or the Aleutians.

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I think you called it right. Looks like Kodiak, and the town I might have been in, except the landmarks are outside the boundaries of the video taken. Didn't see eagles when I was there except from a moderate distance..there were a lot of those sightings. But going up to Talkeetna to do some fishing, we encountered a tree with 14 bald eagles hanging out in in during the salmon run, munching on the pink species.

The person who posted that also has another one taken with snow on the ground, and has a ending term "alaskan" in their Utube handle ID. Eagles apparantly come in along with ravens and crows to filch the cat food.

Naturally, if you play the video and the second one, Utube helpfully links to to video of eagles attacking and eating cats.
Love the one where the guy zooms in to get a closer shot and exclaims "Hey, that isn't a squirrel. Its a cat! The eagles eating somebody's cat!"

Carnifex said...

The stupidity of some people makes me sad for the human race.

1) That animal is a wild animal. Even if you're feeding every day, tomorrow you can't tell if you're going to be mistaken for lunch.

2) Feeding a wild animal makes it dependent on people. People leave, animal dies.

3) Animal mistakes other humans for its feeder, other human becomes alarmed by aggressive behavior, dead animal. Worse yet, dead person.

Stick to cats and foo foo dogs.

Carnifex said...

Speaking of eating animals, is anyone else still eating X-mas leftovers, or is it just me? On that note, I hear a pecan pie calling my name. I must be off.

Jaske said...

It's a good thing Ben didn't have his way.

karlpoppersghost said...

Anyone else think this is going to end badly, eventually?

I see a kitty cat version of Grizzly Man.

I'm watching the cat/ eagle buddy video while Werner Herzog narrates the action in my head.

Paddy O said...

All of the puncture wounds only need, like, one stitch each to close 'em up, but, man, they're deep, they hurt, and there's typically ten to twenty of them on your front arm.

"Infuse some blossom of the bitter orange. Add some sprinklings of sage while it is still warm. This is very good for eagle wounds. There are those who will add apricot and almond oil and even, the heavens defend us, sedra. But then there are always those what will overdo things. And sometimes we have need of them."

Tyrone Slothrop said...

John Cunningham said...

I wonder where this was taped? the lush treeless green looks like Kodiak or the Aleutians.


As a former Kodiak resident, that was my first thought. The prefab building fits the Alaska milieu.

A great place to see eagles is the local dump. The "noble" birds are often scavengers, just like seagulls.

R.L. Hunter said...

Well Paddy there should be plenty of time to nurse one's wounds in The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul.

Don't Tread 2012 said...

I found the video devlishly tense. The cats seemed nonplussed as they are wont to do, and the closeup of the raptor with the shrieking is exquisite.

Carnifex said

"Speaking of eating animals, is anyone else still eating X-mas leftovers, or is it just me?"

We had some tenderloin left over from Christmas dinner - last nite I sliced it into 1/4" thick slices and gently warmed in some light beef juice. Made for some good beef sandwiches to have with the leftover corn pudding and garlic mashed potatoes.

Fritz said...

Most likely, the eagles are hanging around the cats hoping to steal some of their prey, much like the eagles do with Ospreys.

Original comment deleted for brain f@rt.

Christy said...

Wow! My only experience with bald eagles is from being dive bombed by one. (Okay, baby eagle was involved.) Amazing to see this close encounter.

I agree with the rest of you, this will not end well for the cats who haven't learned to be wary of eagles.

We have still have a ton of leftover dark meat turkey. We also have a houseful of teenagers today after a sleep-over, so I'm trying turkey chimichangas for lunch.