A tight escape! Squirrel crawls through a tiny gap and lets a hawk crash into a wall
- Squirrel runs into a brick wall outside a property in Urbana, Illinois on Aug. 31
- The creature then crawls under a narrow gap in the bottom of the wall
- Red-tailed buzzard, on its chase, slams against the wall like a squirrel disappears
This is when a quick-thinking squirrel escaped a hawk's claws by pushing through a gap under a wall.
The footage, captured in Urbana, Illinois, shows the small animal walking toward a property and pausing for a moment outside a wall while the red-tailed hawk follows close behind.
In one swift movement, the creature crawls through the narrow gap in the wall and runs away while the startled hawk slams against the barrier and lands on the floor.
The red-tailed buzzard pounds a wall outside a property in Urbana, Illinois as it walks in to catch the squirrel
The squirrel runs towards a wall outside the property before pushing its way through a gap in the floor
During the clip, recorded on August 31 with a doorbell camera, the squirrel approaches the house and quickly runs towards a wall.
As the raptor comes in, the creature pushes its way through a narrow gap at the bottom of the wall and is able to escape the hawk.
The stunned hawk crashes against the wall and lands on the ground again.
It stands in front of the property for a few seconds before it flies away.
The footage owner later told Viral Hog, “The video was captured by a Nest doorbell camera at 8:49 am on August 31st.
A squirrel can be seen on the right side of the screen. The squirrel then runs to the left side of the screen and appears to hit a dead end.
The frightened raptor crashes into the wall after the squirrel disappears under a narrow gap
The red-tailed buzzard lands on the ground again and stands a few seconds in front of the property
A red-tailed buzzard then rushes in from the right as the squirrel disappears and the hawk collides with the wall. What cannot be seen is the fact that the wall in the cul-de-sac is decorative and has a gap at the bottom through which the squirrel escapes. "
It is believed that there are around 200 species of squirrel worldwide, with the most common being the tree squirrel.
Their slender bodies, growing between five and 36 inches, allow them to fit into tight gaps and holes just two inches.
You typically eat nuts, leaves, roots, seeds and other plants and can be commonly found in forests and city parks.
Meanwhile, red tailed hawks are North America's most common falcons, growing between 18 and 26 inches.
The birds of prey, also known as buzzard falcons, are efficient hunters and often catch mice, ground squirrels, rabbits and reptiles.