Very brave leopards take on a giant python in an intense battle

Pro tip: don’t try picking a fight with a snake unless you’re a leopard.

A member of a safari tour group in South Africa’s Kruger National Park caught a mother leopard picking a fight with a rock python, the largest species of snake in Africa. 

The leopard’s cub first spies something in the bushes and assumes an attack position. The mother then investigates and takes a swipe at snake, causing it to lunge at her with its mouth wide open. The leopard first jumps back, but then is ready to square off. 

The mama leopard is completely fearless as the battle continues between her and the slippery creature. Although the video ends before we find out the winner, National Geographic reports that the leopard emerged victorious and dined on her opponent with her cub.

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