A 13-year-old huntress in Mongolia defies tradition.Ready for your daily dose of breathtaking wonder? Allow us to introduce Ashol-Pan, a 13-year-old eagle huntress in Mongolia, and perhaps the world's only female apprentice falconer. Ashol-Pan belongs to a Mongolian tribe known as the Kazakhs. Inhabitants of the Altai mountain range on the west side of the country are the only people that use golden eagles to hunt.
Apprentices, generally Kazakh boys, start honing their craft at the tender age of 13, learning how to use the magnificent creatures to hunt foxes, hares and other game, though the massive birds weigh heavily on their still-developing arms. Ashol-Pan, as the daughter of a particularly celebrated Kazakh hunter, has been gifted with a rare opportunity and astonishing natural talent, according to Asher Svidensky, photographer and travel writer.
It's not an easy profession, as one could well imagine. Hunts occur in winter, when temperatures reach as low as negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Prior to the hunt, falconers spendRead More »from This Might Be the Most Awesome 13-Year-Old Girl on the Planet