Indian Grey Mongoose with Indian Eagle Owl Kill, Maharashtra

Narendra Arvind Pandit


Chosen as 'Picture of the Week'

The Indian grey mongoose is known to occasionally kill prey larger than itself. While we can't be sure whether this eagle owl was actually killed by the mongoose, this is still a remarkable sighting.

This photograph was taken in February 2015 at Hiraj-Solapur, Maharashtra, where Indian Eagle Owls are regularly seen near a canal.

I was surprised to see an Indian Eagle Owl in the clutches of an Indian Grey Mongoose (Herpestes edwardsii). When I came across the scene, the kill was pretty fresh and there were feathers lying around. I saw the mongoose dragging the kill from one end of the road to the other and then to a nearby mound.

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