It seems crazy to think as we live our lives day to day, hoping for peace and harmony throughout the world and pick up food at local grocery store as we go and sit in our houses, that these animals are out here fighting for their lives daily.
No matter what species it is they are constantly living on the hunt for food and on edge waiting for another predator.
People joke about how much fun it would be to be an animal, but holy hell, I think we are lucky right where we are.
Squirrels are an interesting little animal. They are around in massive numbers, as very little area can support dozens of the little creatures. Although, their high volume and lack of defense makes them the perfect meal for many animals.
That doesn’t mean they’re not tough though, they love to hunt a bit themselves often stealing eggs and young out of bird’s nest.
Hawks on the other hand, are a badass species as a whole.
Every time you see any hawk, they have the eyes of a born killer. They are fierce predators that can spot prey a long way out and attack from above with power and speed, driving their talons into kill zones of their prey.
This video shows a poor little squirrel have a feed at his local feeder set out generously by some homeowners. These types of things are a haven for predators. It’s much like baiting for bear or deer, they can just sit and wait for the meal to come walking out to eat as they ready to launch the attack.
Out of nowhere a hawk hits the squirrel with some power and holds onto it with the death grip. The poor squirrel seems like it’s done for, but instinct takes over and it won’t go down without a fight. As the hawk moves the squirrel bucks and is able to escape the grip long enough to make a break for higher ground away from the bird.
The squirrel clearly survived just fine as it came back to the feed in a few days with some war wounds on its side, seemingly fine.
These animals are tough, every single one of them.