NATURE’S A SERIAL KILLER: Golden Eagle Snatches ‘Truffles’ the Shih Tzu

Published on May 8, 2014

CASHMERE — Nearly everyone has heard the rumors of giant birds coming down from the sky and sweeping up a cute kitty, chirpy dog or even a toddler.

Marcia Green, 50, was home on her 40-acre property with her two Shih Tzu dogs on April 23. Like any normal day, she let her dogs outside for their mid-morning romp and pee break.

Though Green and her husband own land situated against dense mountain forests, she said the dogs normally stick by the house and bark to come in after a few minutes. Green heard the barking and she walked to her back door, but only one of the dogs was ready to come inside. She heard the other seven-and-a-half pound Shih Tzu, Truffle, barking from somewhere, too, but the dog was nowhere to be found.

In desperation, Green stood on her back porch and surveyed her property. In the far back corner of her yard, she spotted a white mound. There Truffle lay unconscious, suffering from a punctured lung, broken ribs and a lot of tearing and bleeding, Green said.

Truffle had been snatched up by a Golden Eagle or a large Hawk nesting in the area, dropped as part of a normal feeding process and then found by Green. The biologists told Green large birds of prey — often golden eagles — are known to snatch small dogs or cats and drop them from a high height to knock them out.