Jun
04
2007

Wild times in the city: Animals win some, lose some

City/wildlife loser: A bald eagle. It was killed after colliding with a helicopter 2,000 feet in the air. (Photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
City/wildlife loser: A bald eagle. It was killed after colliding with a helicopter 2,000 feet in the air. (Photo from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
A couple of interesting encounters were noted in the Twin Cities media this past week noting the intersection of city life and wildlife.

First the bad news: a bald eagle was killed Sunday after it collided in mid-air with a helicopter that was going an estimated 80 miles per hour over Shakopee, Minn. Flying at 2,000 feet, the eagle smashed through the helicopter’s windshield and smacked into the chest of the helicopter’s passenger. It then fell to the floor of the two-person chopper and died. The woman passenger suffered cuts and bruises that need to be treated at a local hospital.

Even with a hole in the windshield, the helicopter pilot was able to land his craft safely.

The impact from the encounter with the bald eagle shattered the windshield on the helicopter at 2000 feet. Amazingly, the pilot was able to land the aircraft safely

Now here’s some news where the wildlife came out on top.

City/wildlife winner: A muskie in Lake Calhoun. The lunker fish nibbled on the ankle of a 9-year-old swimmer, drawing blood and chasing the boy from the lake. (Photo from the Minnesota DNR)
City/wildlife winner: A muskie in Lake Calhoun. The lunker fish nibbled on the ankle of a 9-year-old swimmer, drawing blood and chasing the boy from the lake. (Photo from the Minnesota DNR)
On Memorial Day, a 9-year-old Minneapolis boy was swimming at Lake Calhoun, a popular swimming spot in the heart of the city. But he’s never going back there again.

(Cue the “Jaws” music.)

While he was swimming, a lunker muskie mistook his ankle for that day’s lunch. He came out of the lake with blood gushing from his ankle. There was an inch-long incision and three teeth marks around the wound.

But don’t worry, fish attacks of that kind are pretty rare. The last reported case of a similar fish bit episode in the Twin Cities was in 1995, when a 13-pound, three-foot-long muskie bit a girl swimming in Lake Rebecca. That fish was later caught in a trap and moved to another lake.

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Anonymous says:

i hope that that never happens again! it is so sad!

posted on Wed, 03/18/2009 - 9:43am

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