Sunday 17 December 2017

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

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

Sasha Brady

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

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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