Paraglider Eagle – A Russian paraglider narrowly escaped death after colliding mid-air with an eagle high over the Himalayas in India, a stunning video making the rounds on the Internet reveals. Vladimir Tsarkov, 25, was just seconds into an adrenaline-pumping jump in mid-October when he encountered the imposing bird of prey that got tangled in the rigging of his chute, sending him into a terrifying plunge toward earth, all of it captured by a camera attached to his body.
Fortunately for Tsarkov, he was able to quickly trigger a reserve chute, and drifted gently back to earth before crashing through the branches of a small tree and coming to rest on the ground, the stately gray-and-white bird still tangled up in his chute.
“I hit an eagle on the way down, but I’m OK,” a shockingly calm Tsarkov explained to his pals by radio. “Thank God that chute worked.”
The video, which can be seen on YouTube, then shows Tsarkov struggling for several minutes to untangle the spooked animal. Once he managed to set it loose, the bird flew off as if nothing had happened.
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Eagles normally build their nests, called eyries, in tall trees or on high cliffs. Many species lay two eggs, but the older, larger chick frequently kills its younger sibling once it has hatched. The dominant chick tends to be the female, as they are bigger than the male. The parents take no action to stop the killing.