Do Crows usually attack and kill rabbits?
I have never seen anything likr it the poor rabbirt took about 10 mins to kill.
didnt have my video or camera with me so no pics
Most likely the bunny was sick or injured already, as it's very unlikely they would attack a fit one.
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Never seen corvids kill a mature fit rabbit but I am sure they would attack a sick one or they may have ben feeding on an already dead one.
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In reply to Seaman:
The rabbit was definately allive and was fighting hard to get away. I didnt see it from the beginning so it may well of been ill or injured.
In reply to kavemanjock:
Crows will take on anything they have a chance at - I've seen two ganging up and trying to take down a fully grown herring gull that was injured in some way. At the time the gull could still put up a bit of a fight though! Chances are the rabbit was ill, injured or old, crow saw a chance and took it. As they don't have the killing tools of birds of prey though it takes them a bit longer to actually make a kill.
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This year there are a few rabbits about with myxamatosis so it's likely that this was one of them. As a previous post said the crow will take a lot longer to kill the animal as they are really built for eating carrion - already dead animals.
In reply to duckwoman:
duckwoman said:This year there are a few rabbits about with myxamatosis
This was my thought,we have loads around here with myxie
I once saw a magpie repeatedly pecking a young rabbit on the head. Not pretty to watch.
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In reply to Stoat:
Hi all, although I love watching all corvids most of the time, they are not so nice when it comes to injured or weakly animals and birds. Around here, they frequently attack new born lambs if they don't get up on their feet straight away. If an animal "goes down" in the field because it is sick and no-one spots it, it will rapidly have its eyes, tongue and other soft parts such as the anus pecked at. I have even seen them do this to things as large as llamas which are kept locally.
However such is nature - not the fluffy, cuddly stuff we want it to be. So let's accept the unpleasant side of crows and their cousins so that we can enjoy their amazing intelligence and playfulness at other times!
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In reply to Jenni Morgan:
Crows are like most other creatures, in that they won't pass up a free meal. Their are lots of birds that are meat eaters along with all the bugs. These meat eaters help keep the place tidy and the smell down.
It's all part of the cycle.....
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