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WATCH: Snowy Owl uses aerial acrobatics to surprise Arctic wolves and skuas who are out to snack on its young

Sasha Brady

Published 20/04/2016 | 12:10

Snowy Owl keeps an eye out for its Arctic Circle foes. Photo: YouTube / BBC Super Powered Owls
Snowy Owl keeps an eye out for its Arctic Circle foes. Photo: YouTube / BBC Super Powered Owls

See how snowy owls use incredible aerial tactics to protect their young from hungry predators in the Arctic Circle.

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There are more to owls' super powers than just their incredible head-turning skills.

This clip, from the BBC documentary Super Powered Owls, highlights the powerful defence tactics that snowy owls employ to throw their earth-bound enemies off balance.

The owls use their ability to take off vertically to their advantage and fake dive-bombs to shoo away wolves who were out to snack on a nest of baby owls.

There are no trees in the open landscape so - to get a food view of their surroundings - the owls nest on top of large rocks or mounds.

This still makes them especially vulnerable to predators such as the skua (a gull-like bird) and the Arctic wolf, which is why they are so aggressive when it comes to protecting their young.

Lesson: don't mess with owls.

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