PSY­CHO EA­GLE SNATCHES JACK RUSSELL

Mum-to-be bat­tles sav­age bird out­side pri­mary school

Daily Star - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by ADELA WHIT­TING­TON

A PREG­NANT woman had to twice fight off an enor­mous ea­gle as it tried to fly away with her

prized pooch. The bird of prey swooped on the pet out­side a pri­mary school.

Marika Smith booted the bird to fend it off but it re­turned and went for the Jack Russell/pug cross, called Tiny, again.

The dog was left cov­ered in blood be­fore Marika even­tu­ally man­aged to flee with Tiny by jump­ing into a pass­ing car.

The mum-to-be said: “I had to kick it in the chest for it to let go and then it at­tacked again.

“It landed on my dog and she was scream­ing and cry­ing.

“When its wings were flap­ping, they were big­ger than me.”

Marika, 36, who is five months preg­nant, was walk­ing pre­cious Tiny in Shoe­bury­ness, Es­sex.

Tiny suf­fered in­juries near her eyes but is ex­pected to make a full re­cov­ery.

The only wild UK golden ea­gles are in the north and west of Scot­land, while white-tailed ea­gles are mostly found in the high­lands and is­lands to the west of Scot­land.

Marika be­lieves the one that struck Tiny was an es­caped pet or trained bird.

SCARY ES­SEX BIRD 1

FEAR: Marika and Tiny

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