"ON A FENCE"
Eagles must be lashed, especially
during the beginning period after being caught.
Hunting with eagles is an old tradition of Mongolian Kazaks, and
has virtually no equivalent in other cultures. The
birds do not come from breeding farms nor conclude their lives in captivity.
It does happen that Kazaks snatch nestlings, but these birds are not as
valued as the wild-captured, mature ones. After five years of service, the
eagle is restored to freedom with a guarantee of liberty until the end of its
life. In the world of Mongolian steppes loyalty is the supreme virtue ñ the
condition for survival. The eagle and man somehow yield to this rule. The
first returns, although no one would be able to retain it. The second
respects the buyback agreement, although no court sanctions it.