The great thing about paragliding, parachuting or being in the air in any way, shape or form, is that you've got a lot of space to work with. It's the opposite of being stuck in traffic or driving bumper cars. There's seemingly no need to look over your shoulder. Which is what makes this intense moment in the air all the more remarkable.
A Russian paraglider is soaking up the view, feeling the wind rush around him and basking in sunlight, when out of nowhere, two very large birds come out of nowhere and create an uncertain, adrenaline-packed tumble to the earth:
Thankfully, both man and bird (it says it's an eagle, but we have no ornithologists on staff to confirm) emerged from the near disaster with just a few bumps and bruises, and you know, an improbably intense heart rate. The sequence certainly didn't lack drama or expletives (understandable).
You remember this the next time you go for your weekly paraglide, OK? Keep your eyes peeled for incoming birds, always pack a reserve parachute and for the last time – never text and glide.
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