It is a rare – and brutal – example of nature at work

A powerful golden eagle swoops on an unsuspecting Sika deer, digs in its claws in and carries its prey off to death.These images, captured by zoologists in a nature reserve the remote Lazovsky region of southeast Russia, show a particularly audacious attack which sees the eagle fell prey several times its own size.

Swoop: This golden eagle soars in and sinks its claws into a Sika deerSwoop: This golden eagle soars in and sinks its claws into a Sika deer
 
Dig in: The powerful bird strtas to lift the panicked animal from the groundDig in: The powerful bird starts to lift the panicked animal from the ground  
Lift-off: The eagle spreads its wings before lifting the deer from the groundLift-off: The eagle spreads its wings before lifting the deer from the ground
Impact: In this shot the eagle makes contact with the deerImpact: In this shot the eagle makes contact with the deer
 
Drag: The bird can then be seen digging its claws in and starting to drag its prey awayDrag: The bird can then be seen digging its claws in and starting to drag its prey away
 
Endgame: The eagle then drags the deer out of shot to make its mealEndgame: The eagle then drags the deer out of shot to make its meal
Messy end: The remains of the deer were found two weeks after the attack, near where the shots had been taken

Messy end: The remains of the deer were found two weeks after the attack, near where the shots had been taken

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