Photographer Can’t Believe His Eyes After Seeing The Way This Battle Between Fox And Eagle Over Rabbit Escalates

How would you feel if you were on your way home proudly clutching your hard-earned food, when all of a sudden somebody jumps you, snatches away your sandwich and does a runner? You’d be furious wouldn’t you? Spare a thought then for this poor red fox, whose rabbit was dramatically stolen by a cheeky bald eagle on San Juan Islands, WA, just recently.

The bald eagle is a symbol of America, powerful, graceful and fearsome. However, quite aptly one could say, it is also known as a master thief, quite happy to steal food from others whenever the opportunity arises. “A couple of days ago, I captured an especially dramatic act of thievery,” Kevin Ebi, of LivingWilderness.com, wrote on his blog. “I saw a bald eagle steal a rabbit from a young red fox. Even more impressive: at times, this battle played out more than 20 feet in the air.”

Kevin was on the San Juan Islands watching young foxes, called kits, play and hunt on the prairie. “A red fox caught a rabbit and was carrying it across the meadow,” he wrote. “I panned my camera with it to capture the action. Then behind me, I heard the cry of a bald eagle. I turned around and saw it approaching fast. I knew it wanted the rabbit. I intently trained my camera on the fox bracing for a split second of action.”

“To my 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.”

That’s one feisty fox! The entire airborne battle lasted around 8 seconds, bringing a whole new meaning to the term ‘flying fox.’ Finally, after realizing that this battle cannot be won, the fox gave up the fight and the eagle dropped it from a height of around 20 feet. While taking a pretty heavy landing, the fox showed no signs of injury from its ordeal. “It shook off the encounter and resumed playing with its fellow kits. I took several pictures of it after the ordeal and couldn’t find a single scratch,” Kevin wrote.

Scroll down below to check out the incredible and rare images for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

Photographer Kevin Ebi of LivingWilderness.com captured the fight of a life time recently

Image credits: Kevin Ebi

“A couple of days ago, I captured an especially dramatic act of thievery”

Image credits: Kevin Ebi

“I saw a bald eagle steal a rabbit from a young red fox”

Image credits: Kevin Ebi

“Even more impressive: at times, this battle played out more than 20 feet in the air”

Image credits: Kevin Ebi

Image credits: Kevin Ebi

“A red fox caught a rabbit and was carrying it across the meadow. I panned my camera with it to capture the action”

Image credits: Kevin Ebi

Image credits: Kevin Ebi

“Then behind me, I heard the cry of a bald eagle. I knew it wanted the rabbit”

Image credits: Kevin Ebi

Image credits: Kevin Ebi

“To my surprise, the scene was even more dramatic than I expected. I thought the fox would drop the rabbit, giving the eagle an easy dinner”

Image credits: Kevin Ebi

“Instead, the fox, with its jaw still clenched on the rabbit, inadvertently got snagged by the bald eagle”

Image credits: Kevin Ebi

“The eagle lifted the young fox and rabbit into the sky triggering an even more dramatic struggle”

Image credits: Kevin Ebi

“It shook off the encounter and resumed playing with its fellow kits. I took several pictures of it after the ordeal and couldn’t find a single scratch”

Image credits: Kevin Ebi

Zachary Hartje also captured the fascinating scene on video

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