Drones Vs Nature - When Animals Strike Back

You may have heard the story about a Kentucky resident who shot down a drone hovering over his house. Fair enough you might think. If you felt that your space and privacy was being invaded your reaction probably wouldn't be too friendly - it's only natural. Animals, of course, are no different. If anything they care less about how their tempers will come across on YouTube. Because of this, there has been some great footage of sudden animal attacks on drones. Justified or not? You can decide. They're certainly entertaining though...

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Eagles

Our first incredible animal attack on drones comes from the Netherlands. It's a story we brought to you a few weeks back, involving Dutch company Guard from Above, Bald Eagles and a poor, innocent quadcopter. In what has been described as a 'low tech solution to a high tech problem', Dutch police are working with Guard from Above to train eagles to take down pesky drones in areas where they shouldn't be flying. The video below understandably made headlines around the world, and London police are said to have been in contact with their Dutch counterparts to see how easily these birds of prey could be used in the UK capital.  

Sharks

You might not associate drones with underwater adventures, but some clever scientists have been using AUVs (Automated Unmanned Vehicles) to monitor the behaviour of Great White Sharks off the coast of Guadalupe. The drone is called REMUS, and unsurprisingly it's had its fair share of close encounters underwater. The drone, designed to track and follow Great Whites, soon found itself the target of some unwanted attention. Luckily it doesn't taste too good... 

The Mighty Antelope 

Last but by no means least we have the mighty antelope of Texas. Footage discovered this week shows an overly keen pilot following an antelope before the usually shy creature turned the tables and went on the attack. The moral of this story? Let sleeping antelopes lie...

The Cheetah

You know all those funny videos involving cats chasing lazer pointers? Well that's pretty much what happened with this drone in South Africa, as it attempted to film a cheetah. The hunter became the hunted very quickly...

That's enough of animals exacting revenge on our propellered friends for one week. If you've got any to share with us then tweet them to @flyairnest.

In other news, our weekly round-up of the best drone photography from around the world is going down well, but we think it could be even better. We'd like you to send us the best pictures and videos that you've shot with the help of the Airnest app. Tweet them to us using the hashtag #ShotWithAirnest and we'll feature the finest each week.