Nothing could have prepared this paraglider for what he was about to encounter in mid air, but his level of expertise certainly helped him survive.
Vladimir Tsar'kov was gliding over the Indian Himalayas on Oct. 17 when two birds headed toward him and one got tangled in his cables (0:29 in video). After deploying his emergency parachute, the Russian sportsman was able to reach the ground safely and helped free the bird.
The nearly 10-minute rescue mission proved successful after the eagle flew away from scene without injury, the Telegraph reports.
(Note: There have been conflicting reports on whether the bird in the video is Himalayan Griffon Vulture or an eagle. The original video of the incident posted by YouTube user Paravoffka identifies the bird as a vulture in the title, but as an eagle in the description translation.)
For another crazy man vs. animal video, watch this unsuspecting mountain biker get knocked down by an antelope.