By: David Mizejewski
Surviving in the wild is a tough business. Wild animals must be extreme athletes in order to catch a meal or to avoid being eaten themselves. The video below demonstrates this fact of life perfectly. It captures incredibly rare footage of a pine marten and a snowshoe hare in an intense life or death race.
Watch the video. Who do think will win this race of survival?
Pine martens are members of the weasel family and typically hunt in wooded areas for voles, mice, squirrels and birds. They are rarely seen making long distance sprints out in the open. But in the dead of winter, a marten will not pass the opportunity to make a meal of a hare as large as itself just because the hare bolts into the open.
The hare smartly takes advantage of the plowed road instead of running through the snow. Deep snow makes escape hard for prey species, which typically can fun faster than their predators. Snow slows them down and eliminates the advantage of speed. The hare knows that running in the snow would give the advantage to the marten, and avoids it.