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Flying With the Eagles. Literally.
November 1, 2011
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Paragliding is not a sport for the faint of heart, or the preternaturally timid. Not only are you alone in the sky, with only a piece of fabric keeping you from making a horrible impact with the ground below, but you need to have firm control of the apparatus in order to keep yourself from being tossed mercilessly by high-altitude winds.

So the last thing you need as a paraglider in mid-flight is the added element of an eagle attack. Yet that is what Vladimir Tsar'kov, a Russian adventurer who recently took his first flight over the Indian Himalayas, had to contend with.

Mr. Tsar'kov's helmet camera, with which he no doubt intended to record the impressive views seen from his jump rather than a wildlife film, was on during his entire ordeal, and the subsequent video shows not only the initial attack, but how he managed to continue his flight with one of the birds wrapped up in his glider.

Tsar'kov was able to make a safe landing, even if it took him through an expletive-filled (if you speak Russian) crash amid a stand of trees. Not only that, but he was able to eventually free the bird from his glider, meaning that the incident ended well for all involved.

Watch the following clip to see the bird attack - indicated around the 00:29 mark by a short scream from Tsar'kov before two winged predators close in - and the subsequent landing. And commit it to memory for the next time a friend asks if you want to try out a cool, new and, like, totally safe sport.

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