You may have seen recent news accounts about privately operated drones flying dangerously close to commercial aircraft. Just a few days ago, pilots of four passenger jets on final approach to Newark Airport reported close encounters with drones that, if they had hit the big planes, could have had the same destructive impact as a bird strike.
On top of the dangers posed to aircraft, there are the numerous invasions of privacy that have led to some drones being shot out of the sky. A Kentucky man is now facing charges of criminal mischief and wanton endangerment after he blasted a drone he claims was getting an electronic eyeful as it was hovering over his sunbathing teenage daughter.
Then there was the incident at the White House back in May of this year, when the presidential mansion was put on lockdown for about an hour after a small drone invaded the restricted airspace. President Obama was never in any danger.
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But as ABC News reports, the popular copter-like contraptions are obviously not all that intimidating to a certain raptor who clearly knew how to take out the UFO — unwelcome flying object — encroaching on its territory. A fellow named Adam Lancaster — an Australian drone videographer based in Melbourne — has posted on his YouTube channel a 15-second video of a Wedge-Tailed Eagle quickly taking care of business.
By clicking on the video above, you can see how this determined bird of prey used its talons to, as Lancaster put it, “punch the drone out of the sky.” It’s a remarkable few seconds of footage that shows the takedown, followed by the drone plummeting to the ground, where it made strange and rather pitiful noises for a few seconds.
The eagle, by the way, was reportedly fine after its conquest. The drone, needless to say, required a few repairs before it could once again go aloft. Its operator vowed to stay away from eagle country.
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