Heart-stopping moment baby rabbit escapes the clutches of a crow

Heart-stopping moment baby rabbit escapes the clutches of a crow is captured by wildlife photographer

  • Incredible photographs show the crow mercilessly preying on the baby rabbit on Formby beach in Merseyside
  • The crow list the rabbit by the scruff of the neck and takes flight with it in its beak as it hangs in mid-air 
  • Wildlife photographer Ray Pownall, 74, threw a stick at the bird and it dropped the rabbit from its clutches

A baby rabbit made a lucky escape after a crow swooped in and seized it in its clutches in a nail-biting ordeal captured by a wildlife photographer.

In incredible photographs, the crow mercilessly preys on the rabbit by dive-bombing and grabbing it by the scruff of the neck in its beak on Formby beach in Merseyside.

Taking flight with its potential meal, the ruthless crow hoists the baby rabbit from the ground and it is soared through mid-air, appearing to be terrified of its looming fate.

A baby rabbit made a lucky escape after a crow swooped in and seized it in its clutches in a nail-biting ordeal captured by a wildlife photographer

In incredible photographs, the crow mercilessly preys on the rabbit by dive-bombing it and grabbing it in its beak by the scruff of the neck on Formby beach in Merseyside 


 The crow swoops down on the rabbit and captures it before quickly taking off again with it in its clutches 

It was only until wildlife photographer Ray Pownall, 74, threw sticks at the crow in an attempt to save the rabbit that it decided to release it from its clutches. 

In a dramatic turn, the mother rabbit can be seen coming to its baby’s rescue, and charges at the crow to fend it off.

Mr Pownall had gone to Formby beach in Merseyside with the intention of photographing red squirrels on Thursday but was shocked by the sheer number of rabbits on the sand dunes.

Only a few minutes into taking his snaps, Ray noticed a crow had also focused its attention on the same baby rabbit he was admiring, and soon it was being carried away in its clutches.

Taking flight with its potential meal, the ruthless crow hoists the baby rabbit from the ground and it soars in mid-air, appearing to be terrified of its looming fate 

 A crow focused its attention on the same baby rabbit he was admiring, and soon it was being carried away in its clutches

It was only until wildlife photographer Ray Pownall, 74, threw sticks at the crow in an attempt to save the rabbit that it decided to release it from its clutches

Mr Pownall had gone to Formby beach in Merseyside with the intention of photographing red squirrels on Thursday but was shocked by the sheer number of rabbits on the sand dunes

But determined not to let the bird get away, the retired ambulance station officer managed to pick up and throw a stick at the crow, allowing the bunny to escape – all in front of his camera lens.

Ray, from St Helens, Merseyside, said: ‘It was just reaction, I felt like I had to do something and thankfully it distracted the crow just enough to drop the baby.

‘When it was back on the ground the baby bunny didn’t know where to go, it was just running around in circles trying to find a hole and the crow was swooping in again.

‘Thankfully the mummy rabbit came out and started jumping at the crow, giving the baby enough time to get away down a rabbit hole and its mother soon followed.’

Watching the action from behind a fence, Ray said he was relieved to see both rabbits escape the crows clutches safely.

He added: ‘I felt relieved, it’s mother nature in action but it’s not the nicest to see at times. It’s the same when I go to Canada to take pictures of the American Bald Eagles.’   

The retired ambulance station officer managed to pick up and throw a stick at the crow, allowing the bunny to escape – all in front of his camera lens

In a dramatic turn, the mother rabbit can be seen coming to its baby’s rescue, and charges at the crow to fend it off

Watching the action from behind a fence, Ray said he was relieved to see both rabbits escape the crows clutches safely

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