A Hawk Attacking a Balloon In Slo-Mo Is a Graceful Murderous Ballet

There's no denying that everything looks cooler in slow motion, but birds of prey on the hunt are particularly mesmerizing through the lens of a high-speed camera. This Goshawk is being lured into attacking a water balloon baited with a piece of meat, and its mid-air maneuvers make even our most advanced fighter planes look primitive.

And while no one has ever questioned the lethality of a hawk's claws (or the fragility of a balloon) watching it tear into this water balloon is just terrifying. If there's one lesson to walk away with here, it's to never walk around in the wilderness with a chunk of raw meat on your head.

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Drove by a hawk tucking into a freshly killed seagull on my street the other day. Most birds will scatter off when approached by a car, but this hawk did not give a single fuck about my oncoming SUV.