Who needs drones when you've got eagles? That's what someone at the Freedom Conservation probably said when they decided to attach a camera to an eagle and have it fly around the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure in the world, located in Dubai. That's some extreme use of a GoPro right there. The eagle, named Darshan, set the record for "the highest-ever recorded bird flight from a man-made structure", all in order for the Freedom Conservation to raise awareness for endangered birds of prey. It's quite a breathtaking collison of nature and technology, as Darshan flies about giving an incredible bird's eye view of man's most absurd creation, Dubai.
The video of Dershan's flight was live-streamed by BBC News, and is a reminder that flying is the coolest of the superpowers, and yet we're surrounded by tiny dinosaurs that do it every day. So this is probably the least boring way an animal rights group has ever advocated for a species; Even the most cynical, apathetic members of our society can be moved by crazy GoPro footage. Yes, it's true: There are people out there who care more about extreme views than species extinction. Such is life. Watch Darshan's jaunt around the Burj Khalifa below:
If you're now hooked on the idea of unique views from cameras strapped to animals, I've got you covered. Prepare to spend your Monday morning in a state of complete distraction. Here are five more animal pals wearing cameras to give us their POV: