Shocking video of python, honey badger and jackals fighting each other goes viral
A honey badger was rescued from the coils of a python by two jackals and was then helped by them in killing the snake before he turned on his new friends to steal the reptile.
Roselyne Kerjosse captured the spectacular fight to the death while on safari in Chobe Park, Botswana last month.
When the 60-year-old began recording, the honey badger was in mortal danger, with the python wrapping its entire body around it.
Fearless badger holds its own in viscous tug of war with python
The honey badger lies helplessly in the grip of the python before the pair of jackals arrive and start biting at the snake, allowing the badger to flee
The honey badger writhes around in the grave grip of the python as the jackals arrive to start biting at the reptilian predator
The honey badger takes the snake in its jaws and tries to drag it away as the two jackals attempt to get hold of the meal as well
A jackal has one end of the snake in its jaws while the honey badger snatches up the other in a fierce tug of war for the prey
One of the jackals attempts to pick up the snake by its tail before the the honey badger rages towards it and tries to give him a bite for his troubles
A tug of war for the massive snake takes place on the savannah floor before the honey badger managed to prevail and take the snake for himself
Luckily for the badger, a pair of jackals got involved in the showdown and after attacking the snake, the desperate badger managed to escape the coils of death.
What once started off as an easy meal for the python turned into a three on one attack as the badger and jackals turned their attention to the python.
In a twist of fate, it was the badger who came out the victor after winning a tug of war for the serpent.
The honey badger drags the snake by its head while a jackal snaps at his tail after the badger started to make off with the reptile in Chobe Park, Botswana last month
The honey badger turns around and bares its teeth at one of the jackals who has been trying to prevent him making off with the serpent
The photographer Roselyne Kerjosse said: ‘I was very disappointed because the honey badger, often described as brave and tenacious, was one of the animals I wanted to see during my safari, but not in this situation. ‘I felt a big relief when the badger escaped.’ (pictured: the honey badger drags the reptile towards a bush so that it can devour its prey away from the prying jackals)
The subdued snake is hauled to a nearby bush by the honey badger so that he can enjoy the meal without having to deal with the interrupting jackals
After the battle he took his meal to a nearby bush and when the jackals tried to take it away he scared them off.
Ms Kerjosse said: ‘I was very disappointed because the honey badger, often described as brave and tenacious, was one of the animals I wanted to see during my safari, but not in this situation.
‘I felt a big relief when the badger escaped.’