Valiant Effort: Fox Hangs On As Bald Eagle Tries To Steal Its Rabbit Dinner

May 25, 2018


This is a photo captured by wildlife photographer Kevin Ebi, as well as a video from Zachary Hartje starring a bald eagle that dives out of the sky to steal a rabbit from a young fox (kit). The fox does its best to hang on almost twenty feet into the air, although it's ultimately flung back down to earth without its meal. Still, it lived to hunt another day. Sometimes you need to know when to let go, that's an important life lesson. Take my girlfriend for example -- she probably should have abandoned ship months ago. "I never should have gotten involved in the first place." There she is!

Keep going for the video, and you can see Kevin's full photographic record of the incident at his website HERE.

Thanks to RevDr Dom and ilana, both of whom would have jumped onto the back of that eagle and made it their new battle mount. Nobody is going to mess with a fox riding an eagle.

  • GeneralDisorder

    Oh, so that's what the fox says.

  • Nick Pappagiorgio

    That fox is lucky the eagle didn't decide to take both home.

  • Andyman7714

    The eagle was merely getting a car fax.

  • Bling Nye

    Fucking awesome to watch... the fox is smart, it rolls at the right time to put the rabbit between itself and the eagle (who's likely aiming for the fox itself, since it would've grabbed the fox full on if the fox hadn't rolled at the last second); and the fox isn't hanging on, it got hooked by the eagle's talon-- you can see the fox's mouth is open around the 0:15 mark. Also, the eagle didn't drop the rabbit, I think it kept it as a consolation prize.

  • James Mcelroy

    I was going to Say Kenny Rogers had some advice for this fox, but then Bling Nye had to go and give a different and more logical account. Regardless, Kenny's advice is for everyone.

  • Douchy McDouche

    I'm pretty sure it was Peppy Hare who gave that fox advice.

  • Jenness

    Ahhh nature, so brutal but yet so beautiful.

  • Bling Nye

    I once was out doing some snow tracking for fun and came across a spot where the snow told the story of a prairie dog getting hit by some bird of prey... could see the impact and tussle spot in the snow, where the pinion feathers hit the snow on the downbeat as the bird took off, and blood droplets in the snow trailing off in the direction of the bird's flight. Based on the distance of the prairie dog's prints, it didn't even see it coming; otherwise I would've expected to see the prints farther apart and in the direction of the nearest burrow entrance.

    Brutal and beautiful is really accurate, imo.

  • Eric Ord


    This video reminds me of The_Wretched trying to hold onto his hate

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