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Old 12-20-2012, 01:55 AM
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This one is for real, it happend in the UK..

Boy mauled by a pet hawk: Toddler, 2, nearly blinded... but bird's owner says it didn't mean any harm | Mail Online
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A bald eagle did pick up a chihuahua a few miles away from me...it dropped the chi and it subsequently died of its wounds...both from the talons and the trauma...I watch bald eagles pick up ducks and large fish in front of our place all the time...and when they swoop up into my yards ( or any other large hawk ) I am on full alert ! A couple of weeks ago we went walking on the beach, a bald eagle was smashing clams with his beak to get the clam out...there were huge holes made in the shell...so even though this was a hoax, I still am always on the look out for hawks and eagles when the girls are outside !
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That was on our local news. They said it was a prank...NOT REAL ! Some film students did it.

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Yes birds of prey are a threat to the fur kids, even cats. I have even heard of Seagulls going after small pets on the beach. I know that Owls are silent at night and you do not see or hear them coming and hawks are so quick at times you do not even know what happened. You do have to watch for predators when you have small dogs. I have talked with men who work for the telephone company that have told me about cat and dog collars being in nests in trees and on power poles. It is sad and we have to be the one's to watch out for our babies.
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Yes birds of prey are a threat to the fur kids, even cats. I have even heard of Seagulls going after small pets on the beach. I know that Owls are silent at night and you do not see or hear them coming and hawks are so quick at times you do not even know what happened. You do have to watch for predators when you have small dogs. I have talked with men who work for the telephone company that have told me about cat and dog collars being in nests in trees and on power poles. It is sad and we have to be the one's to watch out for our babies.
Yes, owls are the biggest threat! An eagle might not swoop down into someone's smaller sized yard because they're a little clumsier, but owls are incredible flyers and they're so silent that you wouldn't even know they were there until they had your pet. I read a story about someone that was walking a dog ON LEASH and an owl grabbed it. Obviously it couldn't get very far because it was on leash, but those talons are deadly.

An even bigger threat here to small pets are our coyotes. Anyone that lets their cat outside here is really putting their life in danger. People see coyotes running by with cats in their mouth all the time. I was at the dog park and a lady with a chi there was telling me that her last chi was taken by a coyote.
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We have Red kites,because people now feed them they're getting brave and there have been reports of them attacking cats now and small dogs etc
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Yes Coyotes are bad around here as well and Sadly one of our members here had to deal with a loss of one of her Chi's to a Coyote several years ago
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We live in Idaho so we have every predator imaginable. They're sneaky and they can and will take chickens and small dogs in the winter. In the summer they are less likely to bother since there's more food around.

I lost 3 of my chickens to something unknown a couple of years ago. It beheaded them and took the heads.. Didn't touch the bodies. It was the most horrible thing I have ever experienced. They were my babies. The only bird who survived the attack hid in my barn and has PTSD from it. She is very aggressive now.

Now my birds are not ever out of the coop unless I am standing with them. They have big coops and lots of room but they like grass so I feel bad...but it's for their own good.
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