14:30, 1 OCT 2015
UPDATED 16:06, 1 OCT 2015
BY THOMAS HORNALL
The massive bird, who has an incredible 7ft wingspan, flew off after finishing a demonstration at Raptor Centre in Groombridge, Kent
Parents are being warned to keep small children inside after a bald eagle went missing that is so big it can kill a toddler.
The massive bird, who has an incredible 7ft wingspan and three-inch-long razor-sharp talons, flew off after finishing a demonstration.
Helga went missing from the Raptor Centre in Groombridge, Kent, on Tuesday afternoon.
Now locals fear for the safety of their pets and children - because bald eagles dive-bomb prey at 99mph.
A local resident, who has five Jack Russell terriers and a six-year-old, said: "I'm definitely keeping them all inside.
"I don't think our child is at risk, but I definitely don't want some giant bird swooping down and carrying off one of my dogs.
"They're like family to me. I hope they catch this menace before tragedy strikes.
"The sad thing is, the bird will only be doing what comes naturally to it - I just don't want to see anyone lose their pets or an eye, so I would urge everybody to keep their small loved ones inside."