Wedge-tailed eagle tries to snatch Victorian boy at the Birds of Prey show in Alice Springs
A YOUNG Victorian was left shaken and bloodied after a wedge-tailed eagle tried to take off with him at the Alice Springs Desert Park during last week’s Birds of Prey show.
The encounter, on July 6, 2016 left a sizeable gash on the boy’s face, and serves as a reminder to the unpredictable nature of Australia’s wildlife. The eagle tried to snatch a young boy at the bird show. It is believed the boy and his family were visiting Alice Springs from Albury Wodonga. Victorians Keenan Lucas and Suze Fraser were visiting the Desert Park on the same day and witnessed the ordeal. “We’re at the bird show in the afternoon, having a great time and looking forward to seeing the wedge-tailed eagle come out for the finale,” Mr Lucas said.
“The bird then flew over the crowd and tried to grab on to a young boy’s head. “He screamed, the mother was distraught, and the presenters wrapped up the show very quickly.” Desert Park said the boy was physically OK and his facial wounds were “superficial”.
Christine O’Connell told the Herald Sun it appeared the young boy wasn’t wearing camouflage which could have confused the eagle.
“He he had a green hoodie and he kept pulling the zipper up and down,” Ms O’Connell said.
“The bird seemed agitated at the noise and all he could see would be the boys face.”
Ms Connell posted the picture on her Instagram account and explained how the eagle was meant to fly over to a log for a photo opportunity.
“Instead, he flew straight to the young boy and attacked him,” she said.
“The show was quickly cancelled and the boy was taken to first aid.”