By Jamie Smith
Every bunny was Kung Fu fighting!
These two brown hares are locked in an aggressive fight during the mating season.
Rearing up on their hind legs in photographs, the two fighters are aiming vicious punches to each other’s heads.
The bout took place at the start of the mating season as a male tried to impress a female.
The pictures were taken by German wildlife photographer Ingo Gerlach in the Burgenland region of Austria.
The 63-year-old said: “I have been photographing the rutting behaviour of European brown hares for years.
“In this beautiful region of Austria there are still plenty of hares to watch and photograph.
“It took a few weeks but I was finally able to capture this classic boxing scene.
“I managed to get very close to them in my car, as they are used to them, and then was able to capture a group of six of them in the camera sights.
“Nothing much was happening, until another hare hopped over to join them.
“All of a sudden the female hare reared up on its back legs and challenged the newcomer to a fight.
“A very quick and hard-fought bout followed.
“Typically, the longer a challenger can remain in the fight, the better his chances of impressing the female and winning her favour.
“Sadly for this challenger, the boxing match didn’t last 10 seconds.”