Global cooling leads to Eagle flying off with family's pet dog

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    http://www.timesunion.com/news/us/article/Snatched-by-hungry-eagle-little-dog-lives-to-12472520.php
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    Felipe Rodriguez says he thought he was hallucinating when an eagle snatched his sister's little white dog from her yard, flapped its massive wings and disappeared over the trees.

    "It seemed like something from the 'Wizard of Oz,'" he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I'm a city boy. This doesn't happen in my world."

    With food scarce and waterways freezing up, raptors are "looking a little more widely and taking advantage of whatever might be out there," she said.

    Heartbroken, she and her husband scoured the woods for Zoey's body. Little did they know their bitty bichon would be found later that afternoon — a full four miles away.
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    A cat? It ain't cold out until they come for a goat!

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    Haha @gator_fever I was literally just reading that story two seconds ago, then looked at Too Hot and you had a thread on it. I suspect we heard about it from a mutual friend of ours. :cool:;)

    I seem to recall a few years ago I was listening to the Dan Le Batard sports talk radio show and he was interviewing an athlete whose little Yorkie or something got snatched up by a hawk right in front of him. If I'm not mistaken it was an NFL player and it happened in Atlanta.

    How horrifying! I'd go nuts from the thought of my little dog being carried away and devoured by a big raptor, or taken back to its next and fed to its young. Just the thought of it makes me want to break a damn eagle's neck. Ben Franklin was right, we should've gone with the turkey as our national bird. They don't snatch anybody's pets as far as I know. Eagles are obnoxious a-holes!

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    I remember the old days, back when water didn't freeze.
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    If somebody would invent some sort of potable anti-freeze solution, we could have beer that doesn't freeze when you put it in the freezer to chill it and forget to take it out in time. If I had a dollar for every time that's happened...I'd use it to buy more beer!
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    We have some decent sized hawks that hang around my house sometimes that look big enough to snatch a cat or smaller dog up but I have always had medium sized dogs or bigger and the cats here before weren't my actual pets. A cat came up missing a few years back and never saw it hit on the road in the area. I figured a coyote possibly could have got it even though the actual woods are a few blocks from my house. There were no coyotes here when I grew up as a kid but there are a bunch now and they will snatch a cat up quick at night I have heard.
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    When my dog was a pup we had a hawk that was literally watching my dog like a hawk. Up until she weighed about 15 lbs I never let her get far away from me. Once she reached about 15 lbs I quit worrying.
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    Coyotes will hunt dogs, too. And make fur coats to help fight off the global cooling. ;)

    Jokes aside, they will hunt dogs. And the longer they get established in an area the more bold they get.
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    I worry about the raccoons here. Those suckers are huge, and they are totally unafraid. I throw ice cubes at them to get them out of the yard and half the time they don't even blink. Even when you hit them they usually just slowly waddle away.
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    Yep they have videos of them trying to take smaller dogs and probably taking them also. I have heard they will even use the females to bait the naive dog into coming into the trap.
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    Yep for their size they can be pretty crazy. I had to get one off a GF's cat one time years ago and the damn thing kept trying to bite me and then just slowly walked off acting like it may come back for some more. It was a big one and was tearing that cat up. Had it in a headlock and everything biting the crap out of it. It may have had rabies but I am not sure.
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    I hear you. Waschbar are really smart and tough. They make a hell of a commotion when they fight each other.

    And Yogi bear has nothing on them when it comes to grabbing picnic baskets. ;)
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    Yup. They will bait using play as well. Entice a dog to play and pull him in to where he is surrounded and it's all over.
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    Back in the 70s I worried about coons in my neighborhood too but they are all over the place now I'm used to them.
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    In Tucson is was not uncommon for hawks to take a grab at small pets. Sometimes even when they were on leash.
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    There was usually at least a story a year about either visitors to Tucson or new residents who lived in the foothills about small dogs being snatched by birds. And yes, often when on a leash.

    And three years living in the Seattle area, I can confirm about the raccoons. Called them Chernobyl coons. Had a 110 pound shepherd/rottie mix back then that most wild animals steered clear of. But the coons were crazy, and my dog was actually scared of them.
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    Had not seen that video. It's very fitting though. Bald eagle is symbolic of America. Trump is anti-American.

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