I've tried to stay aware of many dangers while in the park with my child. I look out for broken glass, suspicious strangers, sand-eating, dog poo, used condoms, needles (yeah, okay, I live in the city). But it's never occured to me to look up into the sky and beware of the birds.
Maybe we should, though. There's a video running 'round the Internet of a golden eagle swooping down on a park and trying to fly off with a toddler in its claws! WTF! Fortunately, the eagle didn't succeed. But you've got to see this.
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So... big, obvious question here: Is this video even real? It could be a fake. I hope it's a fake.
But let's just go along with this and pretend it's real. Can you imagine sitting there in the park, with your sweet little bag of bread crumbs to feed the freakin' ducks, and some huge thing thunders out of the sky and grabs your kid? Forget dogs off their leashes -- a BIRD! I think I'd be so shocked it would take me a few seconds of paralyzed breathlessness before I got off my ass and ran after the thing. I think there might also be a split second where I think, "Can I really take that eagle?" Because: Claws.
But I am no coward! Of course I'd tackle the eagle and wrest my child from its clutches, like something out of Lord of the Rings. (I've never read it, I'm just going by the ad for the movies.) Thank goodness this never turned into a Mom vs. Bird confrontation -- although, maybe that could be our next CafeMom Studios series.
I don't know. All that stuff about wild animals losing their habitats and invading human spaces for food -- I never though the animals would come for our children.
UPDATE: It's a hoax! Phew.
What would you do if a large bird attacked your child like what appears to be happening here?
Image via MrNuclearCat/YouTube
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