Editor’s Warning: some of the below photos are gruesome and show dead animals.

Robin O’Brien writes: For something different, I tagged along to an eagle hunting carnival. This event is held every year in Bokonbayevo, Kyrgyzstan and it was a big one, since eagle Oymok was making his return from injury, having been bitten by a wolf he was sicced on at the carnival. Really.

This is Oymok and his master:

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A rabbit, about 100 metres away:

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Punters watching on:

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Oymok saw the rabbit…

flyingcornerThe rabbit saw bushes on the hillside and Oymok quickly followed:

rabbitcornerOymok didn’t find the rabbit though. The two were carefully separated:

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And returned to their respective corners, ready for round two.

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But round two was another near miss

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The rabbit heads for the safety of the rocks.

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Which gets Oymok mad as hell.

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And the contestants return to their corners for round three.

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Round three begins with yet another Oymok miss.

eagleattack22

And the rabbit starts to think he’s invisible.

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But of course rabbits aren’t invisible.

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Although, they do taste excellent.

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And need to be guarded from leery punters.

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A boy is despatched to collect the carcass.

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Oymok has a snooze:

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Then all six of us (seven, including Oymok) pile into the Lada to have tea at Oymok’s house.

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