A crafty ninja squirrel pulled out an outrageous move to escape the clutches of a hungry hawk in New Jersey’s Lincoln Park.
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A plucky squirrel narrowly escaped the clutches of a deadly bird of prey as it risked its life by jumping to safety.
Amazed onlooker John Dunstan captured the incredible moment the squirrel made a desperate leap of faith and evaded its deadly fate.
The battle between predator and prey took place in Jersey City in New Jersey.
Using incredible ninja-like reflexes, the squirrel narrowly escaped becoming the bird’s next meal.
In the video the hawk can be seen scouring the tree canopy for its prey, jumping from branch to branch to get a better look.
Suddenly the bird dives out of sight into the leaves to grab the squirrel.
But the squirrel launches into the air, arms and legs splayed as it jumps over the unsuspecting hawk and lands further down the tree to safety.
John Dunstan – who runs the Facebook page Wild Jersey City – captured the exhilarating escape.
Mr Dunstan, from Jersey City, said: ‘It was absolutely fascinating seeing this escape.
This is the first time I had seen a squirrel leap away from a hawk like this.
‘Normally when I have seen them together, the hawks have been on the ground eating squirrels.
‘I was recording the hawk as there is a nest hidden in the tree top and a chick had just fledged.
I had no idea what I had recorded until I uploaded the card to my computer.
‘I saw something fly out but did not know it was a squirrel at first.
I have been recording urban nature in Jersey City for around 10 years, as I find observing nature within the city particularly fascinating.’
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