Off your neck! Moment when goat and rooster rush to save chicken from hawk attack
- Jaap Beets, 59, was at his farm in Gelderland when he heard screams
- A hawk tried to attack one of his chickens in the paddock on September 5th
- CCTV shows a hawk dive bomb on the bird, sending a cloud of feathers into the sky
- But a goat named Brown and a rooster rush astonishingly fast to save the hen
A goat and a rooster are hailed as heroes after they bravely fended off a hawk that attacked a chicken on a farm in the Netherlands.
Jaap Beets, 59, was at his farm in Gelderland on September 5 when he heard deafening screams from his cattle outside.
In an attack that lasted just 17 seconds, a hawk tried to prey on one of its chickens, but its other animals managed to save the bird before it got to the scene.
Incredible CCTV footage shows a hawk bombarding a brown hen, causing feathers to fly over the paddock.
Jaap Beets, 59, was at his farm in Gelderland on September 5 when he heard screams from his cattle outside when his chicken was attacked (pictured) by a hawk
In the clip, the hen tries to flee the hawk’s sharp claws, but seems to be fighting a losing battle until a fearless rooster comes to his rescue.
Brown goat Brown from Mr. Beets then storms in from the other side of the paddock and falls like a battering ram at the bird of prey.
The two brave animals amazingly manage to push the hawk away from the defenseless chicken and force it to fly away.
The hen manages to flee into its coop, while the other birds in the paddock make a desperate flight inside amid the chaos.
It’s not the first time the farmer has been “proud” of his animals, as his turkey and goats have rushed to rescue his chickens twice before.
Mr Beets, who lives with his wife Carina, said: ‘I was so proud of the rooster and goat that jumped in to defend our hen. I was also very relieved that the chicken survived.
Incredible CCTV footage shows a hawk bombing a brown hen before a rooster and goat named Bruin rush to help the defenseless bird
The two brave animals amazingly manage to push the hawk away and force it to fly away, while the hen manages to flee into its coop.
“I heard the screaming animals, but it was too late to see the attacker, so I checked CCTV.
“There were only 17 seconds between the hawk’s appearance and disappearance.”
Mr Beets confirmed the chicken escaped with minor injuries and survived the sudden ambush, saying it is the third attack on his chickens in seven years.
He explained: ‘In the seven years I’ve lived here, it’s the third attack on our chickens. This was the second of a hawk and the other was a buzzard.
“In the two previous attacks, the turkey and goats saved the chickens.
“Fortunately, the chicken only had two minor wounds. It took her a few days to get back to normal. The other birds gathered and kept her company.
Mr Beets confirmed that the chicken (both pictured) escaped with minor injuries and survived the sudden ambush, saying it is the third attack on his chickens in seven years.
Mr Beets, who lives with his wife Carina (pictured with ‘hero goat’ Bruin), said it’s not the first time he’s been ‘proud’ of his animals for rushing to save his chickens.
“I grew up with a deep respect for nature and have worked in environmental jobs and conservation all my life.
‘Now we have our own old farm in Hall, where we try to facilitate nature as much as possible.’
The incredible footage of the rescue mission has been viewed more than 447,000 times on social media, with people praising the goat as “a hero” and comparing the rescue to “a Disney adventure.”
One commenter said: ‘That goat, what a hero. He earns a whole bale of alfalfa for himself.’
Another person wrote: ‘Oh my word. Good for them. The hawk can get his meal elsewhere.’
And a third wrote, “Great, it’s like a Disney adventure.”
While a fourth joked, “That goat is like ‘oh hell no, not on my watch’.”