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Pictures: The girl who hunts with an eagle

Meet 13-year-old Ashol-Pan - she lives in Mongolia and unlike girls her age, she's become a pro at hunting with her golden eagle. Check out the gallery to read her story...
"To see her with the eagle was amazing," photographer Asher Svidensky says. "She was a lot more comfortable with it [than the boys], a lot more powerful with it and a lot more at ease with it."
Ashol-Pan training her eagle
Ashol-Pan lives by the Altai mountain range in western Mongolia. Only the people there hunt with golden eagles and today there are around 400 practising falconers.
Ashol-Pan on a mountain cliff edge with her eagle
She hunts for foxes and hares using her eagle - something boys of her age learn to do in parts of Mongolia, but very rare for a girl. In fact, the photographer thinks she may be the only girl in the world to hunt with a golden eagle.
Ashol-Pan on a mountain top with her eagle
Meet 13-year-old Ashol-Pan. She lives in Mongolia, an Asian country north of China. And with her is her golden eagle...
Ashol-Pan cuddling her eagle
She goes to school like other 13-year-olds, but she does something else that's pretty unusual...
Ashol-Pan at school
Female eagles are used as they grow to a larger size. Their wingspan - the length from the tip of one wing to another - can be of over 230cm. After years of hunting, the eagles are released back into the wild.
Ashol-Pan on a mountain cliff edge with her eagle
They hunt in winter, when the temperatures can drop to -40C. On horseback they head through snow to a mountain or ridge giving a good view of prey for miles around. After a fox is spotted, riders move towards it to get it out into the open and then the eagles are released to catch it. The foxes and hares are important to provide food and clothing.
Ashol-Pan on horseback