Photo: stoat attacking a rabbit

Posted on Monday, October 18th, 2010

The GBG had some problems with rabbits in the release enclosure over the summer, but nature has its own way of solving these things.

When Dave Kjaer, GBG photographer, was in one of our hides hoping for some close up views of the new birds he was disturbed by some frantic squealing. The rabbit in the photo below appeared just in front of him, with the stoat latched onto its neck. The rabbit “froze” and was surely breathing its last as the stoat bit down. However the noise from Dave’s camera shutter may have disturbed the stoat as it suddenly let go and scuttled away, leaving a seemingly unharmed rabbit who wandered off a few moments later.

Stoats killing rabbits must be a very common occurrence, but it is one that is rarely photographed – and especially one that is photographed this well.

Stoat (Mustela erminea) attacking a Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) Wiltshire, England © Dave Kjaer

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Charlie Moores

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Charlie is the Great Bustard news & Otis (the official Great Bustard magazine) editor, as well as being an authority on birds worldwide & writing for several online blogs.

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