The Fox, The Eagle
& The Rabbit
It’s a cruel world out there
May 23, 2018
(SAN JUAN ISLAND, WA.) – Have you seen the video yet? That poor little young fox tried so hard to hang onto his newly caught supper but the eagle was so big and powerful, it was no match.
Up, up and.....away!
Photographers Kevin Ebi, of LivingWilderness.com, and Zachary Hartje were there. Ebi wrote in a blogpost on Monday that he was at San Juan Island Park here in Washington state a few days ago watching the young red foxes (called kits) hunting for meals just before sunset.
And that’s when videos and photos captured a gorgeous, fully grown eagle swoop in, grab a rabbit right out of the fox’s mouth that the little guy had caught only moments earlier, and then starts to fly away with the fox holding onto that rabbit meal for dear life.
Ebi says he panned his camera with it to capture the action of the fox grabbing the rabbit and, “Then behind me, I heard the cry of a bald eagle. I turned around and saw it approaching fast.” He says he knew the bald eagle had it’s eyes on that rabbit in the fox’s mouth so he followed the action with his camera and waited for the eagle to swoop in to perform the snatch.
He said to his surprise, “The scene was even more dramatic than I expected. I thought the fox would drop the rabbit, giving the eagle an easy dinner. Instead, the fox, with its jaw still clenched on the rabbit, inadvertently got snagged by the bald eagle. The eagle lifted the young fox and rabbit into the sky triggering an even more dramatic struggle.”
You can watch the video of that battle in the sky here .