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Dog survives snatch by eagle, cold for a week

January 6th, 2005, 12:20 PM
Associated Press
Jan. 6, 2005 10:51 AM

BOZEMAN, Montana -A dog survived a flight in an eagle's claws then endured a week of sometimes subfreezing weather before finding its way home, a veterinarian said Wednesday.

"He was chilled, but he seemed to be able to walk," John McIlhattan said, referring to Freddie, a 13-year-old Pekingese mix. "He seemed remarkably chipper for what he'd gone through."

Earlier in the day, Freddie showed up at home weighing about 3 pounds less than he did when he was last seen in a neighbor's driveway on Dec. 29. advertisement

"We're all just amazed," said Jill Slevin, who said she hadn't found a way to tell her three children that Freddie probably wouldn't come back. "He's our miracle."

Slevin, who was alerted to Freddie's return by the barking of her other dogs, said she put him on a blanket and carried him to McIlhattan. The veterinarian said he surmised Freddie had been snatched by an eagle after examining cuts around the dog's neck.

Freddie had also suffered an eye injury and was covered by ice and insect bites. McIlhattan said the dog probably found a warm shelter, but had to share it with pests.

"He's a pretty lucky dog to be getting home in this kind of weather," he said.

January 7th, 2005, 05:03 PM
Aww that poor dog. I am glad he is ok now.

You know a few weeks ago I was in my yard with my dog and a small mini eskimo pup who was visiting. There was a large bird (eagle? hawk?) circling around out there and I got so nervous for the little pup- my heart started to pound- I rushed both dogs and myself inside!!! I felt like I was being silly and paranoid, but after reading this story, I guess I was not so crazy after all. :crazy: