An unsuspecting boy was attacked by an eagle during a wildlife show at Alice Springs Desert Park in Central Australia. Shocked onlookers said the bird attempted to pick him up “like a small animal”. Fortunately he escaped with just a “superficial” gash to his face. Christine O’Connell, who captured the images, said the eagle went straight for the boy from around 15 metres away.
She wrote on Instagram: “At a nature park in Alice Springs we decided to go to a bird show the young boy in the green kept pulling his zipper up and down.
“For some reason the Wedge Tailed Eagle did not like it and instead of flying over to the log he is meant to for a photo opportunity he flew straight at the young boy and attacked him.”
A second visitor told the NT News that: “He screamed, the mother was distraught, and the presenters wrapped up the show very quickly.”
In a statement, the Alice Spring Desert Park said:
“On Wednesday, 6 July, an incident occurred at the Alice Springs Desert Park where an eagle made contact with an audience member,” the park said in a statement.
“A thorough investigation regarding the circumstances behind this incident is under way and the eagle will be removed from the show while this investigation is ongoing.”