13-Year-Old Mongolian Girl Hunts with Golden Eagle
The Mongolians of Altai mountain range have a hunting tradition involving the use of golden eagles; the 21st century is revolutionizing the trade by bringing in the skill of a 13-year-old girl. Predominately a male sport where large birds are used to hunt for foxes and hares, the trade requires children to allow the huge birds to perch on their shoulders. Ashol-Pan, the daughter of a celebrated hunter, is probably the country's only apprentice huntress, yet she seems at most ease with her golden eagle. The hunt is in winter and requires teamwork. After eagles reach full size, they are released back into nature for future generations.
By Jordan Moses
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