A black-winged kite bird closes in on its prey -- a terrified mouse -- in a field in Spain.
This is just one of the dangers hitting the animal world this week: We also have a brave house cat that takes on an alligator, threats of extinction from natural causes, and the increasing ocean noise that's change whales' songs.
A Mouse's last Moments?For its October photo competition, Wild Wonders of Europe received more than 1,100 entries -- including an eye-popping closeup of a bird closing in on a mouse, an amazing leaping deer, and more.
Vote for your favorites, and submit your own entry for next month on their site. Winners are selected in two categories: 18 and over and 17 and under.
Read the Full Story: Finalists in European Amateur Photo Competition: Doomed Mouse, Leaping Deer, and More
Photo: Wild Wonders of Europe