Even in the heart of suburbia, the circle of life endures.
The video clip shows a baby rabbit being released by a family after apparently being nursed back to health. The bunny is almost immediately snatched and carried off by a hawk that had been watching from the nearby trees.
It is important to keep in mind here that the hawk is not a villain. It’s just doing what hawks do—and part of the job of being a hawk is making sure the world is not overrun by rabbits. In fact, it’s kind of awesome to see a natural drama acted out in a place where there is relatively little actual nature.
It’s also important to remind people not to take wild animals into their homes without a very good reason. If you find an injured or orphaned wild creature, you should contact a licensed wildlife rehabilitator—a person who has had special training in the care of wildlife. If you don’t know a rehabilitator, your state fish and game department can probably provide you with contact information.
Although this family had no way of knowing the rabbit would be attacked by a predator, a rehabilitator might have released the animal next to some brush or woods where it would be able to find cover.
There are plenty of ways we can all help wild animals in our own neighborhoods without bringing them indoors.