Hop it! Pair of brown hares box each other while females fend off over-amorous buck

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Hop it! Pair of brown hares box each other while females fend off over-amorous buck

  • Local photographer Paula Cooper shot the images near Swaffham, Norfolk
  • Boxing normally breaks out between hares of the opposite sex during the mating season
  • The attacks are traditionally regarded as a sign that spring is underway

A pair of brown hares were caught on camera in leg-to-leg fights while a woman fended off an amorous goat.

Local photographer Paula Cooper shot the images in a field near Swaffham, Norfolk.

She filmed the fight as the challengers continuously lashed out at each other with tufts of fur that were torn off and carried away by the wind.

In the clip, recorded on April 2, the pair of brown hares can be seen perched on their hind legs amidst the vegetation.

The battle is already in full swing as the duo are constantly sweeping at each other with tufts of white fur being pulled off and blown by the wind.

Paul uploaded the video to Twitter alongside a caption that read, “I stopped on the way home today and caught the most magical moment with boxing hares in front of the car!”

She has since told Storyful that she had stopped ‘and was watching some brown hares in some local fields when this pair immediately ran out and started boxing’.

Local photographer Paula Cooper shot the footage in a field near Swaffham, Norfolk, while a pair of brown hares were locked in a paw-to-paw fight

Local photographer Paula Cooper shot the footage in a field near Swaffham, Norfolk, while a pair of brown hares were locked in a paw-to-paw fight

The challengers were constantly beating at each other, torn tufts of fur and carried away by the wind

The challengers were constantly beating at each other, torn tufts of fur and carried away by the wind

Boxing normally breaks out between hares of the opposite sex during the mating season, between March and April, when males are too stubborn

Boxing normally breaks out between hares of the opposite sex during the mating season, between March and April, when males are too stubborn

The challengers were constantly beating at each other, torn tufts of fur and carried away by the wind

Paula added that the dueling duo started eating again shortly after she stopped filming with ‘the female giving the male a strange look’.

Boxing normally breaks out between hares of the opposite sex during the mating season, between March and April, when males are too persistent.

It is traditionally considered one sign that spring is underway.

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