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Old 24 January 2008, 09:14 PM
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Icon97 Eagle carries off infant

Comment: Do you know of an instance in the last couple of years where an
infant child was carried off by an eagle at a picnic at Lake Palestine,
just outside Tyler, Texas?

The rumor continues by saying that the child's father hunted down the
bird, killed it, and is currently serving time for the act.
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Old 24 January 2008, 09:19 PM
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Hard to prove a negative, but it wasn't in the newspaper or on radio or TV news that I recall for the past many years. Could have happened while I was out of town I suppose but I doubt it.
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Old 24 January 2008, 11:05 PM
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I'm sure my mom would've told me if she'd heard it (as I have not lived here for more than 6 months,) and a search of Tyler's newspaper archives gives nothing. I vote bull-puckey.
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Old 24 January 2008, 11:08 PM
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I live less than two hours from Tyler - I would very have heard about it, it would surely have made the news here. As my SIL lives in Tyler and as she has to alert my MIL to every tragedy that happens and my MIL has to then phone me to inform me of the latest morbid event (like having my own news wire service), and as I didn't get a phone call asking me what I thought about the poor little baby carried off by that eagle, I am doubtful this made the news if it did happen.
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Old 25 January 2008, 02:48 AM
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I doubt it as well. While I don't know the carrying capacity of an Eagle, I would say that a young kid (or evan an infant) that would be fighting the bird would not be worth carrying off very far. This kind of attack doesn't sound consistent with eagle attack patterns since they usually attack very small prey in the wild.
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Old 25 January 2008, 03:10 AM
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I live within 30 miles of Tyler and Mr. S and I have heard the legend, but never seen or heard any hard evidence that it really happened. If it had happened in the 10 years that I've lived here I'm sure I would have seen it on the news and whatnot.
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Old 25 January 2008, 03:12 AM
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I did a search on the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife. The only species of eagle I could find in Texas is the bald eagle, which apparently tops out at 14 pounds. Assuming a 6 pound infant, that's nearly a 50% increase in weight. I don't know that the bird would have enough lift at that kind of a weight increase to fly.
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