In these extraordinary images from China, a white rabbit can be seen holding its own in a cage fight with leopards and tigers.
While it might seem like an unfair contest, zoologists at a wildlife park in Qingdao, Shandong province said the rabbit was playing a valuable role in a scientific experiment.
They argued that testing the natural instincts of captive, two-month-old tigers justified pairing them in a small cage with their natural prey.
If we give them the benefit of the doubt, it can be observed that for a time the tigers simply played around with the rabbit, which approached them somewhat inquisitively.
Sadly, the little animal didn’t fare as well when later pitted against a a slightly older leopard cub. Though it was able to land a strong kick in its efforts to escape, the rabbit eventually, and perhaps predictably, lost the battle.