Humans may not be the quickest creatures around, but we can put up a good fight.
Peregrine falcons are the fastest animals on earth, reaching speeds of more than 200 mph during their high speed hunting dives. Mountain bike racer, Gee Atherton, will never go quite that fast, but that doesn’t mean he can’t outride the falcon down a mountain in Antur Stiniog, North Wales, before the bird can snatch a bag of fresh meat from Atherton’s back.
“I’m going to be riding fast downhill. There’s jumps, there’s drops, there’s turns,” Atherton says before his run. “Hopefully I’m going to be able to stay ahead of the bird and keep away from it.”
You’ll have to watch the video to see who wins this interspecies showdown. Filmed with ten cameras, including a bird cam, sky cam and head cam, and executed flawlessly in a harsh environment, this video stunt produced by BBC Earth Unplugged, Gee Atherton and Red Bull is an adrenaline boost of the most creative kind.
Check out a behind-the-scenes video for more on the stunt, and follow Gee Atherton on Twitter to find out who or what he might race next.