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Fox dodges the golden eagle’s claws as they battle over the carcass of animals in extraordinary images

Bark v beak: Fox dodges the claws of the golden eagle as they battle over the animal carcass in extraordinary images

  • Nature photographer Guillermo Arteaga, 36, captured images in Avila, Spain
  • A fox is seen approaching the eagle as it perches on a branch next to an animal’s carcass
  • Eagle spreads its wings to the fox in an aggressive defense

This is when a crafty fox got the better of a huge golden eagle after walking the raptor ragged.

Nature photographer Guillermo Arteaga, 36, captured the unique interaction on a hill in Avila, Spain.

The fox approaches the eagle as it perches on a branch next to an animal carcass.

Nature photographer Guillermo Arteaga, 36, captured the unique interaction in Avila, Spain

Nature photographer Guillermo Arteaga, 36, captured the unique interaction in Avila, Spain

The eagle defends its food and aggressively displays its 6ft wingspan while trying to scare the fox.

But the bird’s four-legged enemy is not easily intimidated and bypasses the eagle.

The fox tries to find another way to get to the flesh, but the eagle is after him.

It flies after the fox, lifts its claws and tries to claw at the animal.

The fox is startled in a different direction, but the eagle follows, becoming increasingly aggressive and keeping its claws out.

The eagle is hot on its tail and flies after the fox, lifting its claws and trying to claw at the animal

The eagle is hot on its tail and flies after the fox, lifting its claws and trying to claw at the animal

The eagle is hot on its tail and flies after the fox, lifting its claws and trying to claw at the animal

The eagle defends its food and spreads its wings in an aggressive movement towards the fox

The eagle defends its food and spreads its wings in an aggressive movement towards the fox

The eagle defends its food and spreads its wings in an aggressive movement towards the fox

When the fox runs away again, the eagle flies after him and chases him into the distance.

However, when the eagle returns triumphantly to the branch and the dead animal, the fox reappears and manages to chase the eagle away.

Mr Arteaga originally recorded the footage in April 2020, but it recently re-appeared online and went viral.

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