Bald Eagle Steals Rabbit From Young Fox, Takes The Fox For A Ride

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Nature is cruel beast where only the strong survive and even the hunters get hunted.

It can be a humbling thing to see a predator have a rough go at the hands of another. Even though a fox is young, and quite small, they’re a mighty animal that hunts for a living.

They feed on small mammals constantly and have very good predatory instincts. But, they’re just not at the top of the food chain. They always will have competition. Sadly, for them, their competition is often larger and has several advantages, particularly a bird’s eye view that can be very opportunistic.

Bald eagles have vision estimated at 4 to 5 times better than humans, called 20/5 vision.

Foxes can be up to 15-pounds and eagles nearly the same, but the have far more powerful striking power and aerial advantage. This makes them higher on the food chain.

This video shows how that works.

A fox is seen running along proudly with its freshly killed dinner in the form of rabbit. Out of no where an eagle soars down into view and grabs on to the pair. He lifts them well off the ground as the fox fights for its life and the rabbit. The fox finally let’s go and accepts that he lost his dinner.

The eagle happily flies away with a rabbit that was stolen.

It’s a survival of the fittest world out there and we should all remember it.

“The dramatic encounter that took place at San Juan Island National Historical Park in Washington was caught by photographers Zachary Hartje and Kevin Ebi.

According to Ebi, he had spent the whole day taking pictures of the young foxes, called kits, play on a prairie on the island. Close to sunset, the kits started to hunt and one of them managed to snag a rabbit’s foot.

A red fox caught a rabbit and was carrying it across the meadow. ‘I panned my camera with it to capture the action. Then behind me, I heard the cry of a bald eagle. I turned around and saw it approaching fast. I knew it wanted the rabbit.'”

This is nature at its finest.

Bald Eagle And Coyote Fight Over Deer Carcass

Talk about a heavyweight matchup between two of the most skilled scavengers in the entire animal kingdom…

A bald eagle squares off with a coyote for for what’s left of a deer carcass.

Two animals with a taste for deer meat, two animals who seize the opportunity to feast on fallen remains, but two animals that could not have more different reputations. The eagle being revered as an emblem for American patriotism… regal, elegant.

The coyote coyote on the other hand… a pest.

Although in the wild… nobody cares about reputations… it’s fight for your food or starve. And sometimes, it’s kill or be killed.

While the coyote has the size advantage in terms of weight, the eagles massive wingspan makes the canine look small by comparison.

Coyotes typically weigh 15-40 pounds and measure 3.5 to 4.5 feet long from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail. By comparison, full grown bald eagles typically weigh 9-12 pounds on average, but their wingspans typically measure up to 6 or 7 feet long.

The video was taken in the Swan Valley of Montana, just north of Missoula, Montana.

The footage begins with the coyote patrolling the area hard, nose to the ground looking for this treasure trove of deer meat. However, he’s got some competition as the eagle lands in area as well after spotting the meat from the skies.

Just as the eagle begins feasting, here comes the coyote.

The eagle runs the coyote away from the meat a few times, but in its third attempt, the coyote finally is able to sneak a bite of the carcass. However, the eagle doesn’t back down and continues to attack the coyote, urging it to flee so it can continue to dine in peace.

The two animals continue to spar back and forth in this chess match, and at one point, a sneaky crow even tries to get in on the action.

Ultimately, the eagle ends up disappearing with a healthy piece of meat in its mouth while the coyote presumably was able to chow down on the rest.

It’s a draw…. where both players emerge victorious.

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