We’ve witnessed most wild versus domestic animal fights, from hawks vs chicken to squirrels vs cats. But I bet very few have seen a fight between an eagle and a goat. We’ll analyze the characteristics of each animal that can make it successful in the fight over the other. Let’s start by giving some facts that which animal win this fight- Eagle or Mountain goat.
Basic facts of a goat
For the few who don’t know what goats are, they are long-hollow horned ruminants found in most of our homes. They are sometimes mistaken with the sheep. The difference between a goat and a sheep is, the goat is of lighter build than the sheep. The goat also has horns that arch backward straight hair and a short tail while most sheep don’t have horns.
How do goats defend themselves?
When disturbed, goats use their horns to defend themselves. They stamp the ground using their front legs to scare the enemy, then run towards the enemy ready to gore using their horns. Most goats have sharp straight horns which can pierce easily through the skin of the attackers. They are also known to be playful and they can use their horns on anyone at any time.
Facts about Eagles
Eagles are known to be the king of the air. They fly at great heights and are able to detect their prey from amazing distances. This is made possible due to their high vision power. Eagles have a better eyesight than man, eight times better than man. An eagle can spot a rabbit at a height of 3.2 km which is far much better than the human being.
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Eagles fly at terrifying speeds, the golden eagle is actually the second fastest bird in the world with a whopping speed of 212-300 km/ hr. This is even faster than the speed of a car. They are also capable of gliding in the air for long period of time without flapping their wings.
Eagles have excellent hunting techniques. They are capable of killing bigger animals than themselves. They feed on fish, rabbits small rodents and even the deer! This is made possible by the powerful talons possessed by the eagle. The eagle’s talons have the capability of giving a tight grip on the neck of a deer until it bleeds to death. The talons are believed to have ten times more grip than the grip of the human hands.
Its sharp claws enable the eagle it to dig dip into the veins of the prey, leaving the prey to bleed to death. It is also capable of carrying more weight, three times more than its weight. Thanks to its powerful talons and wings. The wings of the golden eagle are 1.8 to 2.34 meters broad, and they are the fifth largest wings among the eagle species.
One amazing thing about these birds of prey that we can’t fail to mention, is that eagle has a lifespan of about 70 years! Yes, more than what most humans live!
A fight between the eagle and the goat
Goats have powerful horns but the eagle is capable of avoiding them just as it does when hunting large animals. With its talons grip, the eagle can easily grab the goat’s neck and dig dip to the veins.
Remember that the eagle has an estimated grip of 400 psi(pound per square inch) comparing this to the human hand which has a psi of less than 40. You can imagine what the ten times more grip with the sharp claws of an eagle can do to the neck of a goat. Definitely, this will kill a goat, or leave it seriously injured.