Golden Eagle Throws Goat off Cliff

Submitted by: triplej 9 years ago in Science

A classic example of survival of the fittest. No blood or gore, but this is sort of sad. Not for everyone.
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Male 368
:o hax
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Male 690
eagle pwns goat
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Female 19
HA! I hate goats, one tried eating my coat at a zoo when I was like 4, scared the frickin crap out of me. Throw all the evil little gits off cliffs for all I care.
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Male 53
So... why do those goats insist on hanging out on the edges of cliffs? Anyone? Bueller?
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Male 53
What a cruel, sadistic drating eagle! Did you see how he was blatantly taunting the other goats? He really enjoyed it... drater. I`m not complaining so much that he killed a goat, that happens, but then coming back to taunt the goat`s family? And then taunting them a second time? Evil.
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Male 62
I was kinda hoping hed grab the cameraman or one of the crew....or at least the camera.
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Female 38
Damn how big are those things...
And it was pretty sad, but couldn`t help but to laugh =(
XD
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Male 96
i lol`d, especially in the beginning where the goat bounced off the cliff face. amazing bird.
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Female 744
I lol`d at at the end when the goat was tumbling end over end down the slope. Goddamn I hate goats. To all you people saying it`s sad, try raising and caring for goats for a couple years. GOATS SUCK.
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Female 1,172
:(
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Male 22
owned
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Female 876
Jesus. That`s a big bird. O_O
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Male 534
Oh wow. No matter how far technology will go, nature still manages to impress all of us.
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Female 70
"Can I just make a geeky comment and say that this is not a classic example of survival of the fittest. Not in the Darwinian sense anyway. It`s not as if eagles have evolved out of goats."

Actually it is a classic example. If a baby goat is stupid/careless enough to stray from the group, or get stuck on a ledge it can`t easily escape, it gets eaten, and therefore it doesn`t make it to adulthood and its genes aren`t carried on. Consider the eagles to be the chlorine of the goats` gene pool.

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Female 70
It`s sad, but the eagle`s gotta eat sometime, and I doubt there`s a decent burger joint in the heart of a forest in the middle of a mountain range.

I want one of those birds to guard my house. Maybe then my neighbors` dogs will learn to stop crapping in our yard. :/

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Male 69
THAT WAS AWESOME!!!
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Male 188
Can I just make a geeky comment and say that this is not a classic example of survival of the fittest. Not in the Darwinian sense anyway. It`s not as if eagles have evolved out of goats.
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Male 474
I was like... :0 And laughing at the same time.
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Male 93
That was amazing! That eagle was totally pwning them n00b ass goats.
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Male 1,404
"No wonder the eagle is the symbol of America.
Eagles are dicks."

Americas Eagle is the Bald Eagle, now go back to school and learn how to hate yourself and life a bit more you insulting twat.

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Male 394
LMBO PWNT!
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Male 171
Goat got owned
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Male 68
Shocking how eagles have to eat too lol. Smart bird.
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Male 107
that eagle was freakin` scary. wouldn`t want it coming after me.

and it wasn`t sad it was AWESOMJE!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Female 126
Quite distressing to watch =[
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Male 163
Yeah, I knew that`s why it wasn`t called terminal velocity, I just thought I`d make a pun out of it...Oh well
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Male 7,933
That made me hungry
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Male 1,217
Owned, anybody?

But sad. Very.

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Male 453
LAWL!!!
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Male 7
Hah, I`d love to see my Harris Hawk try that xD

Whoever said it was an imaginative way for it to kill, thats how most eagles kill, a Golden Eagle -could- kill a roe deer, it wouldn`t though, as predators are lazy. So in order to make up for this, it carries a 50lb deer close to a cliff, or about 8 meters up, and drops it. Drops it till it dies. They also kill turtles that way, usually dropping their softer underside onto a large rock in order to smash the shell.

Gotta admit though, that was cool, far too cold in Scotland for (native) Golden Eagles, so I`ll settle with my Kestrel, Hawk and Snowy Owl 8P

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Male 31
Awesome commentator and the music made it seem like a psycho thriller or stlt. Even tho I didn`t get one word...
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Male 12,138
^^sleepingsun... mate, it`s called terminal velocity because it`s he point a falling body doesn`t accelerate anymore due to increasing drag blah blah blah. It`s nothing to do with "terminal" as in death.

And I`d like to know how they carried out the research about the brain shutting down- does anyone ask the goat?

And peeps, it`s not sad, it`s nature. What would be sad would be 3 eagle chicks starving to death in their nest.

Do you think it`s sad when you tuck into a Big Mac?

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Male 376
pretty cool. that eagle is great!

i think part of what makes it sad is that the goat didn`t get to be noble and defend himself. it was just, "hey man! whoops-"

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Male 59
Eagles:1
Goats:0
Eagle killed it in a pretty ingenious way.
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Male 554
I think we all know that birds of prey are complete arseholes.
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Male 35
i lol`d
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Male 157
thats how the food web works.
i actually laughed.
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pwnt
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Male 9,305
Nature, however beautiful, is a cruel mistress.
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Male 170
Bird 1 Goat 0 soo cool
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Male 2,344
Lord, I know it`s terrible to laugh but that is too great. the second one at 6:30 is even better. I can only imagine what the goat was thinking when airbourne...
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Male 244
That`s about as sad as a lioness pouncing on and eating a gazelle.

That said, that is one AWESOME way to hunt.

As for the terminal velocity comment, I`ve never heard of that either and it doesn`t make any sense to me. I could see the brain shutting off because of panic, but not terminal velocity.
OT: Cats have a higher survival rate the longer they fall DURING terminal velocity.
It`s suspected that they have trouble stabalizing during acceleration but at terminal velocity when the acceleration is zero, they can easily control their position in the air.
I wonder if it`s because they`re like "ZOMG I`m FALLING AND ITS GOING FASTER!" (aka, it`s a thing inside the cat`s head, which doesn`t necessarily have to be thought) or if it`s because the drag is irregular during acceleration and makes it difficult to stabalize o.O

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Male 1,556
It still shoulda been Dainty. She would have been easier to carry. Because she is a vegi-lady.
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Male 245
if I was a wild animal I`d want to be an eagle.....or a badger or no,a cougar....no,a lion...no,a bengal tiger!...no,a grizzly bear!...no,a polar bear!...no!...a Sasquatch,yeah I`d like to see an eagle try that with Bigfoot.
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Male 580
Even animals are douches sometimes.
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Male 2,199
one upon a time... Bambie the happy baby deer was prancing near a cliff... WHEN A BIG FU CKIN EAGLE SWOOPED DOWN AND KOCKED HIS @SS OFF THE CLIFF AND ATE HIM!
the end
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Female 2,695
ohmygod. that was probably the most sad thing i`ve seen in a few years. i didn`t get past the first 30 seconds.
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Male 1,540
dratING. AWESOME. And you get to see it again at 6 and a half minutes. Man, that`s a big bird.
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Male 132
lol pwnt
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Male 455
...Why is everyone saying how sad it is? That`s how those eagles hunt. You might as well lament the loss of grass from a field every time the cows get hungry.
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Male 163
We learned about it in Physics in Year 11...it doesn`t actually die, the brain just sends it into unconsciousness, it`s the impact that kills it, but the last thing the goat will know is `oh god I`m flying and now I`m falling`. That`s assuming it`s a super intelligent mutant goat that can think in English :-P
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Female 184
i always knew i hated birds.


darn things.

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Male 317
lol funniest thing to watch ever....at least for the second goat had the ride of his life before he died lol
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Male 92
OMG!?! Por Que`!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Male 20
Sad indeed...but that was still an EPIC FAIL lol
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Male 919
All I was thinking about was:

FATALITY!!!!

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Female 1,407
waaah, poor goat. !_!
but goat meat is kinda good when cooked ^_~
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Female 443
Ok So I was all I can watch this - I`m tough - but then I saw the little goat on the screen before even hitting play and I was all Nooooooooo! can`t watch .. so I came and wrote this and now I am going to go play a game..
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Male 147
Well that`s an interesting hunting technique. It`s actually quite funny in a horrible "that goat is so freakin dead" kinda way.

Oh and SleepingSun, I`ve never heard of animals shutting down at terminal velocity. Tell me where is it you learned this bit of information?

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Male 163
Ah, I get it now! Thanks Dainty!
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Male 472
this is why kids should not play in high places.
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Male 39
that. was. freaking. AWESOME

i was just laughing the whole time it was falling:P

i dont care what you people say.
that was hilarious.

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Male 2,576
Hahahaha, brilliant
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Male 2,344
HILARIOUS!!!!!! drat u peta!
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Female 450
Dainty, you`re still around? *is someone who clearly can ask that question since she hasn`t been lingering about (rim shot)* :X
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Male 10,440
hahahaha!!! Owned!
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Male 163
That wasn`t a golden eagle?
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Male 1,029
That`s bullsh*t, I expected a f*ckin` golden eagle.
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Female 450
Aw, that is a pretty thought sleepingsun! I feel better for the goat now! :-D
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Male 163
Bloody hell, I never knew Golden Eagles were that strong! I would feel sorry for the goat, but hey, eagle`s gotta eat, and at least it will have died painlessly. Terminal velocity you see- there`s a height (can`t remember precisely, but the cliff was definitely above it) where if a creature falls, the body knows it won`t survive, so during the plunge the brain just shuts down. So for all you people who think it`s sad, the last feeling that goat will have had is the experience of flying :-) Isn`t that a pretty thought!
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Male 908
Lets not forget that link of the goats being mowed down by machine guns because their are too many freaking goats!
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Female 451
aw:( and this represents the us.
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Male 897
That so brutal! Wow, Golden Eagles are dicks!


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Female 450
Far from it MadP, far from it. lol though. :P
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Male 1,837
get some us soldiers up in this action.

oh wait.

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Female 332
No wonder the eagle is the symbol of America.

Eagles are dicks.

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Male 3,369
i agree Dainty. Animals are a lot more intelligent than we give them credit for. I`ve witnessed it first hand from certain species.
Come to think of it, the story of how I met my pet dog is a good example...but probably boring to anyone but me...but damn, is she clever for a dog!
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Female 450
*trainers
Also, lol @ TheShape
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Female 450
Actually, birds are some of the smartest creatures you`ll ever find.
And 643197, a Golden Eagle (along with many other birds) is perfectly MORE than capable of ripping you to shreds. Heck, why do you think some trainer wear gloves when handling birds.
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Female 192
I just can`t believe how smart the bird is to know that it can pull a goat off a mountain and it will die that way so it can eat it.
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Male 569
When an Eagle tell you to stay off of it`s mountain, stay off of it`s damn mountain.
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Female 89
Woah, that eagle looked huge.
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Male 3,369
Nature is a bitch!

I guess my Phirana link has a chance of being accepted!

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Male 2,486
Why is it "sad"?

Would it be any less sad watching an eagle starve to death on camera?

I think it`s pretty cool, it`s not like it`s a rare occurance.. this probably happens hundreds of times a day. Yay nature, but I cant help but think.. My girlfriend is about 4`11" 95 pounds, What if an eagle.. yeah..

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Female 1,244
That was sad!
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Male 534
Wow!! I loled, but yeah, thats sad. :(
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Female 2,289
Totally.
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Male 3,296
regarding the dainty comment
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Male 3,296
lol that was funney
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Male 3,296
dayummm i didnt know eagles could do that
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Male 285
poor thing... :(

but that was so badass

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Female 179
Awesome video. Yeah, it was sad and all, blah blah blah blah. But the eagle`s gotta eat.

Birds of prey are frikkin amazing.

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Male 380
@LillianDulci

Alot of people are entertained by nature. Now go back to the hole you came from!

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Male 1,556
That was awsome. But i wish it was Dainty.;)
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Male 56
That eagle remembers that it used to be a dinosaur and is wreaking his revenge on the mammalian usurpers. I still feel bad for the got though.
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Female 102
Smart bird.
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Female 119
holy poo, dat`s the kewlest thing ever!!! +.+ also kinda sad....
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Male 44
I wish i hadn`t watched that... :(
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Male 26
too long to get to the point, i give it a 1.75
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Female 4,225
SDAMN YOU FIRST POSTINMG NOOBS!

Ahem...anyways...it was sad...funny, so ya. 3? 2.5? 3.5?

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Female 1,566
That was the most awesome thing ever. :3
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Male 2,076
Epic Ownage.
Majestic Eagle 3
Goat 0

*cymbals*

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Male 21
This bird hunts GOATS by FLINGING them from cliffsides! And then tows em off to his nest! Most awesome eagle ever!
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Male 10
That is sad but I laughed anyways..;-/
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Female 2,674
Who is entertained by this? Why is it on IAB? But putting that aside- I read the title as "Golden eagle gets thrown off cliff by goats" and was wondering why he didn`t just fly...
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Male 1,023
that is so sad.
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Female 177
Aww man that was sad :[ Haha I laughed at the begginging when the goat was chewing. Not quite sure why though.
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Male 213
How freakin big is that bird?! Small children look out!
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Male 269
Awesome.
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Female 2,672
um ow
and slate, how amny times have u first posted then had it deleted?
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Female 317
Are you sure the goat was not already dead? It did not really react the the being grabbed by an eagle and thrown off a cliff.
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Male 511
i lmao...
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Female 2,220
I was acutally staing at the screen like =000


That`s SOO sad! And I know I totally sound like a 13 year old American but... aww!!!!

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Male 1,078
um...that was lame.
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Male 382
Link: Golden Eagle Throws Goat off Cliff [Rate Link] - A classic example of survival of the fittest. No blood or gore, but this is sort of sad. Not for everyone.
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