Golden eagle grabs mountain goat before dropping it to its death

Golden eagle grabs doomed mountain goat five times its weight before dropping it to its death in the Italian Alps in ‘brutalkilling ‘never been filmed before

  • Video shows golden eagle thrusting its talons into mountain goat’s neck before lifting the flailing animal in their air and dropping it to its death in the Italian Alps
  • The adult chamois goat weighs five times more than the adult golden eagle
  • The ‘brutalkilling of mountain goat will feature in BBC’s Frozen Planet II series
  • This is the astonishing moment a golden eagle thrusts its talons into a mountain goat’s neck before lifting the flailing animal in their air and dropping it to its death in the Italian Alps.

    Despite the adult chamois goat weighing five times more than the golden eagle, extraordinary footage shows the predator tackling the unsuspecting animal to the ground from above.

    The ‘brutalkilling of the mountain goat, a phenomenon which has never been filmed before according to the BBC, will feature in Sunday’s episode of Sir David Attenborough‘s Frozen Planet II series.








    The 'brutal' killing of the mountain goat (seen before the attack), a phenomenon which has never been filmed before according to the BBC , will feature in Sunday's episode of Sir David Attenborough's Frozen Planet II series

    The ‘brutalkilling of the mountain goat (seen before the attack), a phenomenon which has never been filmed before according to the BBC , will feature in Sunday’s episode of Sir David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet II series

    This is the astonishing moment a golden eagle thrusts its talons into a mountain goat's neck before lifting the flailing animal in their air and dropping it to its death in the Italian Alps

    This is the astonishing moment a golden eagle thrusts its talons into a mountain goat’s neck before lifting the flailing animal in their air and dropping it to its death in the Italian Alps

    But video shows the golden eagle sinking its talons into the neck of an adult chamois goat and dragging it along the rocks by a cliff edge

    But video shows the golden eagle sinking its talons into the neck of an adult chamois goat and dragging it along the rocks by a cliff edge

    Despite the adult chamois goat weighing five times more than the golden eagle, extraordinary footage shows the predator tackling the unsuspecting animal to the ground from above

    Despite the adult chamois goat weighing five times more than the golden eagle, extraordinary footage shows the predator tackling the unsuspecting animal to the ground from above

    The episode, called Frozen Peaks, shows footage of a mating pair of eagles plucking baby chamois goats from the cliffs in the Italian cliffs and dropping them to their deaths before eating their remains.

    But as the summer ended, much to the surprise of the film crew, a golden eagle was seen attacking an adult chamois goats in footage shared on BBC Breakfast this morning.

    Usually, golden eagles attack baby chamois goats and other medium-sized mammals such as rabbits, hares and grouse.

    But video shows the golden eagle sinking its talons into the neck of an adult chamois goat and dragging it along the rocks by a cliff edge.

    The predator then manages to drag the goat into the air before dropping it mid-air, leaving the animal to plunge to its death.

    The predator then manages to drag the goat into the air before dropping it mid-air, leaving the animal to plunge to its death

    The predator then manages to drag the goat into the air before dropping it mid-air, leaving the animal to plunge to its death

    Footage shows the golden eagle managing to fly whilst carrying the goat

    Footage shows the golden eagle managing to fly whilst carrying the goat

    The golden eagle is then seen letting go of the mountain goat as it falls down the cliff edge

    The golden eagle is then seen letting go of the mountain goat as it falls down the cliff edge

    The mountain goat is seen falling to its death after the eagle dropped it from a height

    The mountain goat is seen falling to its death after the eagle dropped it from a height

    Usually, golden eagles attack baby chamois goats and other medium-sized mammals such as rabbits, hares and grouse (file image of chamois goat)

    Usually, golden eagles attack baby chamois goats and other medium-sized mammals such as rabbits, hares and grouse (file image of chamois goat)

    The two eagles were then seen feasting on the carcass of the mountain goat.

    BBC producer Alex Lanchester said the Frozen Planet team could not believe what they had witnessed.

    Mr Lanchester told The Express: ‘It’s never been filmed before. We knew they went for the calves in the springbut not the adults.

    ‘It’s extraordinary behaviour. These goats weigh [five] times the weight of the eagle so it’s incredibly heavy.

    ‘They are huge and the way that the eagles kill them is they pick them up and drop them off the cliff. It’s very brutal. They hunt in pairs.

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