Yes, you read that right.


According to the National Geographic,  “Jos Bakker, a Dutch web designer on vacation, first spotted and filmed the rare incident at a swampy roadside in the Masai Mara National Reserve. In short order, Bakker and his tour guide passed word along to scientists at Fisi Camp, the field site of Michigan State University zoologist Kay Holekamp  who has studied Masai Mara’s spotted hyena clans since the 1980s.”


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Researchers were initially unsure if this could actually happen.  “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,” said Mike Kowalski to the National Geographic. But post the discovery of the “a gigantic rock submerged in a swamp”, the researchers eventually surmised that a battle of epic proportions might have ensued, with the hyena eventually losing.


African rock pythons can grow up to be 20-feet or longer. Earlier, an older footage of a rock python taking on a leopard recently resurfaced.