Hawk Dives in for the Kill & Hare Has Nowhere to Hide—Then Suddenly Busts out Kungfu Moves!

June 8, 2018 11:11 am Last Updated: June 8, 2018 11:11 am

Traditionally, rabbits and savanna hares aren’t known for their aggressive defense mechanisms.

Hares are built for speed, so their primary form of defense when faced with a predator is to run away; when it comes to the options of fight or flight, they nearly-unanimously choose flight. In fact, their best form of defense involves no action at all; instead, it pertains to their lack of a scent.

When faced with extreme danger, though, the savanna hare has a secret up its sleeve.

This hawk likely hoped to either eat the hare or go after its young; unlike rabbits, hares do not burrow and cannot protect their young by going underground.

In these kinds of dire situations, though, the savanna hare is capable of some serious karate moves—and as seen here, when there is nowhere to hide, they have been known to fight off their predators directly.

Most of the time, the hare uses its legs, not forearms, in situations where they need to physically fend off a predator. Due to their speed, the legs tend to be the strongest parts of their body, and are capable of overpowering smaller predators.

With the option to either fight or become a bird’s lunch, though, it appears that this hare was able to quickly adapt to the situation. Nature continues to surprise us every day!

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