LONDON Hunting for small creatures must be a tall order at the best of times. But it becomes vastly more complex when they’re concealed beneath a huge blanket of snow.
Foxes that stalk the prairies in North America during wintertime know this only too well. During a segment of Planet Earth II the trials of one particular fox who was trying really, really hard to hunt a vole captured the nation’s heart.
“The food the fox seeks is also deep beneath the snow,” explained David Attenborough, after describing how a herd of bison are forced to break through the white blanket to get to the grass beneath.
“The survival of both creatures depends on getting through to the ground.”
And while the bison bludgeon through using their super-strong necks, the fox has a different (and not always entirely successful) approach:
It looks painful but the little guy clearly has to commit 100% to every dive.
People clearly felt a sense of empathy for the fox.
Even his stalking method was a topic of conversation.
People were reminded of other epic snow dives.
Mostly, though, everyone just thought the fox was awesome.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, his repeated face-plants paid of. He manages to successfully nab a vole during the final lunge into an area that’s been partially cleared by the bison.
You go, fox.