Watch Shocking Moment Jackdaw Attacks Helpless Chick in Resurfaced Clip

The internet has been left stunned after a resurfaced clip showed a helpless kestrel chick being attacked by a plucky jackdaw.

Reddit user u/TheSanityInspector shared the clip in the 3.3 million-member strong r/HumansBeingBros that showed the kestrel chick and its siblings being hounded by the jackdaw.

The post, titled "person rescues kestrel chick from jackdaw and installs protection on the raptor box," has been upvoted some 50,500 times since it was shared on Wednesday.

In the clip, which can be seen here, a group of four kestrel chicks can be seen huddled together in a box nest before the one closest to the edge is suddenly snatched by a jackdaw.

As the clip continues, the remaining kestrel chicks appear stunned that their sibling had quickly been taken away from them.

Thankfully, the chick was returned to the group by a person who put it back in the box. The act of kindness overwhelmed the other chicks who were more shocked to see the sudden reappearance of their sibling.

Later, the same person could be seen adding bars to the box in a bid to prevent another unwanted intruder from getting to the chicks.

Since being uploaded, the clip has attracted more than 725 comments, with many sharing their opinion about the chick's dramatic return.

One commenter said: "They really look horrified their bro (brother) came back from the dead."

Another Reddit user commented: "They were more alarmed when their sibling got put back than when he was taken in the first place."

A third person joked: "They had read the statistic that only three out of every four chicks makes it to maturity, so they all breathed a sigh of relief. When he came back, they knew they were back to the menu."

The clip, first uploaded on June 26, 2021, was one in a series of videos uploaded by YouTube channel Nestkieker from Belgium.

Each video showed the chicks' development, from hatching to their first flight out of the nest box.

In a horrifying development, one of the videos revealed there were once five chicks that were part of the group. It later showed the tragic aftermath of the chick's death, which involved the flight of kestrels cannibalizing their dead family member.

Other clips revealed the remaining chicks managed to grow to adolescence and take their first flight.

Across all the videos, the documentation of the kestrel chicks has managed to attract more than 1 million views.

According to the U.K.-based Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), kestrels can be found in a wide variety of places from farmlands to urban areas.

It said: "They are a familiar sight, hovering beside a motorway or other main road. They can often be seen perched on a high tree branch, or on a telephone post or wire, on the lookout for prey."

Newsweek has contacted the RSPB for comment.

Stock image of kestrel
Stock image of kestrel. The chick managed to survive the encounter. Getty