Ashol-Pan is a Kazakh girl from Mongolia who is learning to hunt with a golden eagle -- an ancient, but traditionally male, activity. Photo courtesy of Asher Svidensky and BBC News. Thanks to Mary Ellen Foley for the find!
The Kazakhs of the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia are the only people that hunt with golden eagles, and today there are around 400 practising falconers. Ashol-Pan, the daughter of a particularly celebrated hunter, may well be the country's only apprentice huntress.