'Rabbit Fight Club': Hares Caught on Camera Trading Punches in Funny Video

A video showing a pair of hares duking it out in the dead of night has gone viral on Twitter.

Footage of the two animals throwing paws at one another was shared to social media by Turkey's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry.

According to the accompanying tweet, the adorably cute altercation was accidentally captured on a nighttime camera.

In any case, the clip soon found a captive audience online after being shared by former NBA star Rex Chapman, who posted the video out to his 1.2 million followers alongside the caption "rabbit night fight."

The video shows the two hares, on hind legs, trading punches at a deliriously rapid pace.

A Turkish journalist commenting on the footage appeared to shed further light on its origins. Hamdi Celikbas said the fight was filmed in Artvin, a city in the northeast of Turkey.

The footage was captured by a camera trap placed there by the General Directorate of Nature Conservation National Parks. The encounter between the two hares, fighting on their hind legs, was reflected in the camera..

At the time of writing the dramatic 22-second clip had been watched over 2.6 million times online, sparking a wave of quips and puns around the hare-on-hare fight that are nearly as amusing as the footage itself.

"What do you think they're fighting about? Carrots?" Mrac317 asked. "The one on the left wins by a hare," DougMount wrote.

Ultra_violet777 quipped: "Every bunny was Kung Fu fighting" while yoavain reminded everyone that "Rule number 1 of rabbit fight club" was "You do not talk about rabbit fight club."

Straightisso1 wondered if Jake Paul might "challenge one [of the hares] to a boxing match" with Ryan McGee jokingly asking: "Is this C-SPAN?"

Some were reminded of an iconic fight from the sitcom Friends involving Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who played her sister on the show.

While one fan couldn't resist setting the footage to WWE commentary featuring legendary wrestling caller Jim Ross and his on-air partner-in-crime Jerry Lawler.

The pick of the gags came from Bun73529461 though, who spoke for many when he wrote: "I'm just hare for the comments."

But while the two hares scrapping may be the source of some amusement online, the scientific reason behind it is a little more sinister.

According to U.K.-based nature charity the Woodland Trust, "boxing usually occurs when a male is being too persistent with a female, chasing her across fields in an attempt to mate.

"When she's had enough, she'll turn around and try to fend him off in a fierce boxing match," it notes.

Known for their speed and exceptional hearing—both of which are key to surviving in the wild and evading predators—hares are most often seen around the hours of dawn and dusk, around open fields, farmland and the edges of woodland areas.

They are most prominently spotted around springtime too, as this is their breeding season.

Newsweek has contacted the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry for comment.

A pair of hares trading punches.
A pair of hares trading punches - footage unearthed from Turkey has sent social media into meltdown. Nick Hurst/Getty