Daughter tells me that they found a rabbit in the area of her yard, head and hind legs were missing. They had been in the area about twenty minutes earlier and the rabbit was not there at that time. They are located in northern Florida and she tells me that there is housing construction not far away. I assume animals are being displaced.
so, what critter would kill a rabbit in this fashion and leave the main body?
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Post by breezygardener on Feb 13, 2020 17:48:24 GMT -5
If it was after dark I'd also vote for an owl, but during daylight hours it could be a hawk. While they'll pretty much eat the entire animal, if the animal was too large or heavy for them to carry off & they were disturbed, they may have had no choice but to leave what was left. We once saw a small hawk catch & start to devour a Bluejay in our driveway, & as we were driving by it couldn't hoist the bird (which was almost as large as the hawk) off the ground, so flew off without it.
A fox or similar predator would most likely have carried the rabbit off to enjoy in a more secluded spot.
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