Gorgeous Photos of Eagle Hunting Festival in Western China

Golden eagle and its trainer in Mongolia. (Image: Altaihunters/Wikipedia)
Golden eagle and its trainer in Mongolia. (Image: Altaihunters/Wikipedia)

Deep in the west of China a traditional hunting practice is being kept alive. The handling of the eagles, as well as their training, follows a set of ancient rules that Kazakh hunters have passed down for generations.

The eagle hunting festival is part of an effort to sustain the traditional hunting practices in the mountainous regions of Mongolia, Russia, and Kazakhstan.

Eagle hunting has a history of over 6,000 years in these parts. The golden eagles they use are large, with up to an eight foot wingspan and razor sharp claws. The eagles are trained from chicks to hunt rabbit, small foxes, and even wolves. Sounds pretty scary to me!

Explore gorgeous pictures of traditional eagle hunting in China!

 

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