A BRAVE deer dive bombed a hawk after it lunged at a defenceless rabbit – saving its life.
The incredible moment was caught on CCTV of the exact moment that the bird of prey swooped down on the bunny.
People who have watched the graphic footage have likened it to a “dark Bambi” with the rabbit being dubbed “Thumper”.
In the footage the hawk can be seen circling its prey before the little rabbit lets out a distress cry.
A deer then suddenly appears and runs straight at the hawk, kicking at it with its hooves.
The rabbit manages to escape, but the violent deer can be seen repeatedly stomping on and biting the bird for up to three minutes before it eventually dies.
ビデオ, taken in Nordic Mountain country park in Wisconsin, was discovered by 29-year-old operations manager Kris Miller on June 11.
He had been trimming trees in the area when he saw a red-tailed hawk dead on the ground and decided to check the nearby camera’s tapes.
Kris said: “The rabbit started to make a distress call and the deer may have mistaken the call for her own fawn’s distress call, or maybe it’s just a true Bambi and Thumper story.
“I personally have never seen anything like this before. I remember thinking to myself ‘hawks don’t just fall from the sky and die.’
“So I noticed we were in front of one of our security cameras and was hoping I could see what really happened.
“I played back the footage on my phone and what I found was astonishing. I showed it to my co-worker and he didn’t know what to say.
“We are a county park so there’s no hunting allowed here, therefore a lot of white tail deer migrate here knowing they’re safe.
“In the video it appears either the red tailed hawk was struggling holding the rabbit or it swooped down to grab a rabbit.”
The graphic footage has racked up more than three million views since it was uploaded onto social media.
Many users have pointed out a likeness to the Disney film Bambi, saying the deer was “Bambi avenging Thumper”.
One commenter said “Bambi has Thumper’s back lol” while another wrote “Bambi just trying to save Thumper.”
3番目が追加されました: “I’m sure that many things go on in nature that are seldom witnessed. This goes to the top of the wow list. Who would have thought?」