Yesterday, we posted a video that went viral of a toddler being plucked up by a Golden Eagle. Although the video was supposedly fake and created by a group of college students, the idea of a child being plucked from his or her parents' arms by a flying predator may not be too far-fetched.
MNN has compiled a list of five formidable birds that are capable of snatching a baby. Take caution in parks and outdoor recreational areas if these birds are known to reside in your state.
1. GOLDEN EAGLE
This bird of prey is the most common national animal in the world. But the symbolic feathered friend may now have a new reputation as a terrifying threat. The golden eagle can reach 33 inches in length, 14 pounds in weight and could grow a wingspan of 78 inches. While they have never actually killed anyone, the broad-winged bird has been known to attack adult humans.
2. MARTIAL EAGLE
When traveling in sub-Saharan Africa, beware of the martial eagles that may be flying above. Africa's largest eagle can weigh up to 14 pounds and grow to be 38 inches in length. Their wingspan can reach up to 8'6". It is also the fifth heaviest eagle in the entire world. It has been said that the martial eagle's talons could break a man's arm in one snap, but of course, this has never actually been reported.
3. STELLAR'S SEA EAGLE
This species of eagle lives in coastal northeastern Asia and primarily feasts on fish. Still, it is capable of attacking much larger creatures, such as juvenile seals. The eagle can weigh up to 20 pounds and can grow a wingspan of 8.2 feet.
4. HARPY EAGLE
The harpy eagle is the largest and most powerful raptor found in the Americas. It is also one of the largest species of eagles in the world. Harpy eagles can weigh up to 27 pounds and can grow a wingspan of up to 7 feet. The harpy eagle is a carnivore and an apex predator — this means that adult birds are at the top of their food chain. Avoid these bird beasts in tropical lowland rain forests.
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5. AFRICAN CROWNED EAGLE
The African crowned eagle is an extremely large, powerful, crested bird of prey found in sub-Saharan Africa. Although it is smaller than the martial eagle (except in length), the African crowned eagle is still considered the most powerful and ferocious bird of prey. Its diet consists of monkeys, duikers, antelopes and hyraxes.