I have a window on the world of violence. My office overlooks our side yard which is a hunting ground for a hawk who apparently considers it his personal diner. Two times in the past week the vicious raptor stalked a poor innocent squirrel. The first time the intended lunch hunched on one side of an apple tree's trunk opposite his enemy. When the hawk flew around the tree, the squirrel ran around to the other side. Then he ran up the trunk into the full branches which made him much harder to get at. The hawk finally gave up and flew off.
A few days later, the hunter was back. This time he had the squirrel holed up in our peach tree which offers very little shelter. The squirrel came to the same conclusion and jumped off and ran over to the closest apple tree. The hawk went for him, but the squirrel won the race. At that point Larry went out to interrupt the natural order of things and chased the hawk away. Squirrel rescued! Why we want to rescue the rapacious birdfeeder pirate is beyond me. Just call us soft-hearted.
Meanwhile, enjoy this video of a squirrel with a death wish. When the hawk finishes eating the mouse, the squirrel is likely to be dessert.