Kazakh Hunters Train Huge Golden Eagles

Kazakh hunters begin learning how to work with golden eagles as children. They only train female golden eagles, which are larger than males. After years of hunting together, they eventually release their eagles back into the wild, leaving a butchered sheep on a nearby mountain as a parting gift.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. The Kazakhs don't start hunting with their eagles until the first snows of winter, allowing prey animals to breed and raise their young during the summer. 02:30

  2. Watch trained golden eagles hunt down a fox: 05:10

  3. Golden eagles have a wingspan of about 2 meters, and can swoop down on prey at up to 160 kph. 08:32

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