First Ever Footage Of A Python Devouring A Hyena

Meet Africa’s largest snake.

Although the African rock python is capable of stomaching some extraordinary meals, until recently no one considered an adult hyena to be on the menu.

Large carnivores would generally be more than capable of dispatching a python. However thanks to Jos Bakker, a Dutch tourist on holiday in the Masai Mara National Reserve, we now know otherwise.

Bakker and his guide passed the details of the siting on to scientists at a nearby camp. Research assistants Mike Kowalski and Olivia Spagnuolo then went in search of the snake, sceptical that a python would be capable of the scenes they had described.

“Large carnivores can certainly interact with large pythons, as their cubs are probably on the menu, but an adult lion or leopard or hyena would likely dispatch the python very quickly,” Kowalski told National Geographic.

In order for such an attack to be successful, the python would have had to time it perfectly.”If it did not immediately strike and coil the neck-chest region to immobilise the head, the hyena could’ve easily crushed the python’s skull,” Kowalski explained. Unfortunately for the hyena, that’s exactly what the python must have done…


For more extraordinary footage, watch a hyena wander across a buffalo stuck in mud (Graphic).

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