Pet owners in British Columbia are freaking out after footage of an eagle stalking a cat in a backyard has gone viral.
Similar incidents have been reported before, but this is the first time it’s been caught on camera. A Campbell River resident pulled out their camera when they saw what looked to be a huge bald eagle keeping a sneaky watchful eye on her neighbour’s cat.
The video was shared with a local animal lost and found group and the cat’s owner came forward to let everyone know that his feline friend made it out alive.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Jasmine Meyers. Last year, her 22 pound cat was carried away by an eagle, never to be seen again.
“Because of his size we always assumed that he would be safe,” she said to CTV News. “I was a huge wake-up call because we have dogs that are smaller than him and so we can’t even let our dogs out at this point without babysitting them.”
Observers say that the preying is usually at an all time high during nesting season and cats that live in neighbourhoods that are surrounded by eagle nests are high risk.
The only options to keep ones pet safe is to either keep them indoors, or keep a watchful eye at all times when pet cats are outside.