As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Giant bald eagle that can kill a toddler escapes and is on the loose

14:30, 1 OCT 2015
UPDATED 16:06, 1 OCT 2015

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 the bald eagle
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."

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