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Dogs wear body armour to stop eagle attacks






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Dog owners in Alaska are buying special vests to protect their pets from bald eagles. In recent weeks, pet dogs have been taken away by the birds of prey. The number of bald eagles has risen greatly in Alaska because of conservation efforts. Conservationists estimate there are now around 30,000 of the eagles in Alaska. Bird lovers are happy about this, but pet owners are worried. The eagles are strong enough to pick up and fly away with a 6-kilogram animal. The eagles are a nuisance for farmers because they kill their chickens.

The vest is called the CoyoteVest. It is a protective jacket designed to protect small dogs from coyotes. A coyote is a wild dog, similar to a wolf. It is common in North America. The CoyoteVest has spikes and other sharp things on it to protect the pet. Some vests have brightly coloured whiskers to scare birds away. It is made of a material called Kevlar, which is used in bulletproof vests. This protects dogs from the teeth of larger dogs. The CoyoteVest company said its vest helps to, "prevent a surprise attack and give you enough time to react before serious injury occurs" to a pet.

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