Rat avoids being eaten by a crow

Ratty Chan! Startled rodent avoids becoming kung-food for a hungry crow by scaring away the bird with a series of karate-like manoeuvres

  • Photographer Paul Briggs was enjoying an afternoon at Wollaton Park, Nottingham when he saw a rat
  • Moments later a crow grabbed the rat by the tail in an effort to capture the rodent for its lunch 
  • The rat reacted immediately with some Kung Fu-style moves in an effort to break free from the crow
  • The crow soon acknowledged defeat and flew off away from the scene allowing the rat on its way 

This is the moment that a startled rat avoided being lunch for a crow, performing a series of hilarious kung-fu-like moves to scare away the bird.

The surprised rodent does an about turn when the crow grabs it by the tail, the rat manages to escape with a frenzied response. 

During the split second stand-off, the rat manages a series of moves which would put Jackie Chan in the shade, as he shows the larger bird who is boss in Wollaton Park, Nottingham.

Paul Briggs, 57, who captured the encounter said: ‘I saw the rat run past me, and all of a sudden a crow came out of the flowers and grabbed it by the tail. I was there clicking away with my camera and the rat jumped away.

Photographer Paul Briggs, 57, captured the dramatic encounter at the 500-acre Wollaton Park in Nottinghamshire on Sunday

Mr Briggs said: ‘I saw the rat run past me, and all of a sudden a crow came out of the flowers and grabbed it by the tail. I was there clicking away with my camera and the rat jumped away’

He said: ‘Thanks to his kung fu skills he got away, and even came out of the bushes again once the bird had gone’

‘Thanks to his kung fu skills he got away, and even came out of the bushes again once the bird had gone.

‘I had my camera on a different setting as I wasn’t expecting to take action shots, so I didn’t know if the pictures had come out until I got home.’ 

The images were taken in the formal garden at 500-acre Wollaton, which is a haven for jays and parakeets thanks to its plentiful supply of visitors who leave seeds and nuts.

Mr Briggs, who lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, said: ‘It was some real action, and I was pleased that the rat lived to fight another day after using its ninja skills.

‘It’s not the photo set that I expected to take, but it was really exciting, and I’m really pleased with it.’



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