WATCH | Two ‘ambitious’ secretary birds kill hare in ‘unique’ sighting

WARNING: Video not for sensitive viewers

09 June 2021 - 14:00
Two secretary birds were filmed fatally attacking a hare.
Two secretary birds were filmed fatally attacking a hare.
Image: Latest Sightings

Two secretary birds on a hunting mission had no mercy for a hare.

In a video shared by Latest Sightings, the birds, which generally prey on small rodents, amphibians and reptiles, can be seen hunting and killing the hare.

The hare can be seen trying to duck the two fierce birds but they eventually catch and kill it.

WARNING: Video not for sensitive viewers

The video was captured by 38-year-old Grant Telfer while doing guide training in Kichwa Tembo Camp in Masai Mara in Kenya.

He described the sighting as “unique”, saying he had not seen nor heard of similar footage since he started guiding in 2004.

“We have seen them catch locusts and small snakes in the past but never a mammal of such a size.

“It is documented in books as a possibility but I am not aware of anyone filming them hunting like this,” he said.


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