WTE tries to lift boy Northern Territory

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Subject: WTE tries to lift boy Northern Territory
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 05:56:22 +0000

Of course we can’t know. There are possibilities: attempted predation which hardly seems likely of a grown child, though I imagine it could and would have happened sometimes with babies; some reaction to the clothes that the child was wearing - the hood could somehow have reminded it of some food item; some aggression towards the child or their clothes, after all there is nothing overly odd about a bird being aggressive to a person; just one of those random responses to the stresses of captivity that captive and performing animals do at times; simply wanting to perch on the head of the child, maybe combined with getting its talons caught in the fabric...... Even with a photo I think it is sad that reporters should go towards the somewhat unlikely but no doubt more exciting suggestion.




From: Baird, Ian [
Sent: Wednesday, 13 July, 2016 3:13 PM
To: Ann Howarth; kym bradley;
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] WTE tries to lift boy Northern Territory [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]


It would be interesting to hear the views of knowledgeable Aboriginal elders on the likelihood of WTEs taking small children/babies.

Mind you, I was told by a senior CSIRO scientist that Aboriginal advice was initially not heeded when similar questions were asked some years ago with respect to dingo behaviour.

Ian Baird


From: Ann Howarth [
Sent: Wednesday, 13 July 2016 2:56 PM
To: kym bradley;
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] WTE tries to lift boy Northern Territory


Interesting story, especially as there were other humans close to the boy.


I'm not sure whether I have told of my daughter's encounter with a WTE  20 years ago.  A geology student, she was crouching down, examining a rocky outcrop on a property near Nimmitabel when she saw a large shadow come over her and looked up to see a WTE hovering about 2 m above her.  She quickly jumped up waving her arms and shouting at the eagle which flew off.  Later she lamented that she had not had her camera with her.  I should add that she had long auburn hair so we think the eagle probably thought she was a rabbit.


Ann Howarth







Sent: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 7:31 AM


Subject: [canberrabirds] WTE tries to lift boy Northern Territory

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A wedge-tailed eagle has been snapped reportedly trying to carry a boy off during a show at Alice Springs Desert Park.


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