This vole isn’t big enough for the both of us: wrestling rodents squabble for territory
Captured at high speeds, this is the moment two voles were spotted squabbling for shelter.
Unwilling to share the space between them, the enraged rodents were seen tumbling in the snow entwined in bitter dispute over territory.
After struggling to find warmth in the frozen fields of Hokkaido Island, Japan, both mouse-like creatures were on the lookout for a dry place to stay.
But in their search for shelter the two males came upon the same resting spot, forcing them to battle it out.
Taken by Masasugu Ohasi, whilst out on a walk near his house, the Japanese wildlife photographer managed to capture the altercation despite the critter’s incredibly quick movements.
Despite being known for their timid nature, the voles paid no attention to Masasugu as they brawled in the snow.
Masasugu said: “I was walking near my house when I noticed some movement in the snow.
“After taking a closer look, I noticed the voles wrestling, grappling and chasing one another.
“There was a small hole nearby that would be a perfect shelter for a little vole so I think they were fighting for territory.
“I also know that these fights become more commonplace in the winter as food and shelter become harder to find.
“Mice owners never house males together as they will often fight but in the wild it’s a different story.
“The fight looks very cruel but rarely is a vole severely injured, it normally ends with one of them surrendering and escaping.
“It was very hard to keep track of them as they move so quickly, I believe this happens in the wild a lot but it is rare that someone gets the chance to photograph it.”