Warning: The shots below the article are a little graphic (think the beginning of Bambi but with way more deer staring into your soul) depending on how you feel about the darker side of the circle of life.
These are shots captured by a remote motion-detecting camera trap in the Lazovsky State Nature Reserve in Russia of a golden eagle fatally attacking a sika deer. The camera was originally set up to collect pictures of Siberian tigers in the area, and just so happened to capture these. Unfortunately, there was no sign of Bigfoot.
The [London Zoological] Society's Linda Kerley said she first realized something was up when she approached the wildlife-monitoring device -- also called a camera trap -- and found a mangled deer carcass nearby.
"Something felt wrong about it," she said in a statement accompanying the photographs. "There were no large carnivore tracks in the snow, and it looked like the deer had been running and then just stopped and died.
"It was only after we got back to camp that I checked the images from the camera and pieced everything together," she said. "I couldn't believe what I was seeing."
Golden eagles are large birds. Their wingspan tops more than 2 meters (6 ½ feet) and, while they typically eat small birds, mammals, or snakes, they've been known to target larger animals as well.
Note to self: do not get attacked by a golden eagle, you probably won't survive. Unless... new note to self: never go hiking in the Russian woods without a partner who's noticeably smaller and slower. Preferably a child. "GW!" I'm JOKING. Half joking. Fine, what if I dragged a frozen turkey behind me like I was walking a dog?
Keep going for the other two shots of the takedown.
Thanks to Steven S, Thel200ster and Jake, who don't get attacked by eagles because they're wearing the special anti-eagle amulets I sold them for a great price.