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Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

Makpal Abrazakova trains her golden eagle Akzhelke outside her home village of Aksu-Ayuly in central Kazakhstan.

Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

Makpal Abrazakova, 25, carries her golden eagle Akzhelke at her home in Aksu-Ayuly in central Kazakhstan.

Makpal Abrazakova, 25, who is professionally trained lawyer, is the only female eagle hunter in Kazakhstan. She started learning falconry from her father at the age of 13. These pictures were taken by Reuters' photographer Shamil Zhumatov  on Feb. 23, but were made available to msnbc.com today.

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Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

Makpal Abrazakova trains her golden eagle Akzhelke outside her home village of Aksu-Ayuly in central Kazakhstan.