Falcon Lands On Dog’s Back And Starts Attacking Him, Stalks The Dog For Hours

A family recently had an unsettling encounter with a falcon when they let their Labrador, Doug, out to play in the yard of their home in Elk Grove.

Doug was completely caught off guard when the falcon flew in out of nowhere and landed on his back. The entire family as horrified as the falcon latched onto Doug’s collar and began attacking him.

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Doug, who is a gentle and mild-mannered pooch, had no idea how to deal with the aggressive bird. He growled and yelped in pain and the whole struggle looked like a powerful dogfight. Mom Erika and her daughter, Penelope, panicked at the brutal sight.

But soon, Erika’s husband stepped in and smacked the falcon off with a piece of clothing. While the family was able to save Doug, the bird was determined to keep preying on the dog.

For the next few hours, the family was terrified as the falcon stalked them through the screen door, before finally flying away.

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Later, the family called wildlife rescuer Ben Nuckolls to look into the situation. As it turns out, this is Ben’s second falcon distress call in a single week.

Earlier, an Auburn neighborhood had reported the gruesome killing of farm chickens by a separate falcon, which was ultimately captured by Ben.

However, the bloodthirsty falcon that attacked Doug is still on the loose and it’s a worrying matter for the whole community.

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The authorities believe that the falcons from both the incidents are GPS-locked birds trained for hunting or racing, who somehow escaped their handlers.

This is the reason why the second falcon was not scared of Doug’s size and dueled with him like an equal.

Until the loose falcon is captured, the locals have been asked to stay vigilant while leaving their pets or kids outdoors. Spread the word.

Click the video below to watch a report on the alarming attacks caused by the highly trained hunting falcons.

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10 of the Smartest Dogs in the World:


A friend of mine has a beautiful Dalmatian. Friendly, energetic and lovable, she was a perfect family pet… but she wasn’t the smartest pooch on the planet. See, she knew how to go through the pet door out into the garden, but she had no clue how to get back inside. It never occurred to her that the flap could swing both ways. So she would sit outside and howl until my friend would open the door.

Repeated demonstrations of the dual movement of the flap had no effect; it just did not compute. The dog breeds on this list, however, probably don’t have that problem. They’re widely considered to be among the cleverest canines in the world. Take a look and see if you agree.

1. German Shepherd

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No surprise here. German Shepherds are the world’s best police dogs, military dogs, and some have even been movie stars (remember Rin Tin Tin?). Brave, loyal, smart and strong, they’re the total package.

2. Beagle

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Also on the list of the best family-friendly dogs in the world, the Beagle has an incredible nose that lets them sniff out just about anything. Born detectives, they’re not the most trainable pets, but they are smart. And hey, nobody ever accused Snoopy of being dumb.

3. Golden Retriever

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A popular choice for assistance dogs for their easy temperament, natural intelligence and loyalty, Golden Retrievers are natural guides and also serve as great rescue dogs. Active and fun to be around, they’re wonderful family pets.

4. Border Collie

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Border Collies are considered by many to be the geniuses of the dog world. Expert herders, laser-focused (they’re known for their intense stare), and incredibly agile to boot, they’re workaholics and excellent athletes. Just don’t expect to keep one cooped up in an apartment.

5. Poodle


Did you know poodles were originally hunting dogs? They respond very well to training and are quick to learn tricks. So don’t let the fluffy looks and styled mane fool you! These dogs are among the smart canines around. Plus, they’re among the best dogs in the world for those who suffer allergies.

6. Belgian Malinois


A terrific military dog, the Malinois is a natural herder, tracker and worker. Smart, trainable and protective, these dogs require an owner who knows what he or she is doing. In addition to the military, Malinois are often recruited as guard dogs and police dogs as well.

7. Papillon

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Named for their butterfly-shaped ears, papillons are small, cute and pretty smart. They’re considered the smartest of the toy dog breed, with intelligence levels comparable to the über-smart border collie. They’re alert and focused pets, and loyal and lovable: an ideal friend for he family.

8. Doberman


Sadly, Dobermans are known more for their ferocity than their smarts, but these are considered among the most intelligent dogs in the world, as well as one of the most effective guard dogs around. They’re outstanding students known to be affectionate and obedient.

9. Bloodhound

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Don’t let the wrinkles and dopey expression fool you! Bloodhounds have the keenest of noses, and are often used for trailing (so much so that their evidence can be used in court against you!). These are loving but strong-willed dogs, and are often used on search and rescue missions.

10. Australian Cattle Dog

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You need a smart, determined and energetic dog to control unruly cows. And that’s just what the Australian Cattle Dog, or ACD, does. They’re intelligent enough to herd these much larger creatures, and while they need their independence and wide open spaces, they’re eager workers who know how to get the job done.

Did we miss your brainy dog on this list? If so, write in and let us know about it!

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