Animal-watching squirrel battles cobra to protect young
This animal sighting shows how hard a mother squirrel would fight to make sure no threats come near her babies.
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When children are involved, mothers usually let out their crazy side and would risk anything and everything to protect their little ones.
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Look at this incident from a ground squirrel fight and taunt a Cape Cobra until he slipped to his own safety.
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This sighting was shared with LatestSightings.com of Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park by safari guide, Dave Pusey.
“We were in the park on Mata Mata road when we filmed this sighting. We love the Kalahari because you can always expect the unexpected to happen on a daily basis. However, this day was very special. We had seen a viper on the road before, before this sighting, and had seen so many signs of snake activity in the soft sand after a bit of rain – so we weren’t surprised to spot a Cape Cobra on the edge from the road – however it seemed to be very tense and ready to strike, then we noticed the ground squirrel inches from the cobra.
“We couldn’t believe our eyes when this scene unfolded before us, and after initially fearing for the ground squirrel, we were amazed at the bravery and speed of the squirrel and the how he was irritating the deadly snake. The squirrel kept crawling up to the snake and just when he got close enough the snake would lunge forward and bite the squirrel. The squirrel, however, overreacted quickly and jumped out of the bite’s reach every time!
“I have been traveling Kgalagadi for many years and never thought I would see something like this, it was truly a once in a lifetime sighting.
“We waited for the fascinating story to end and after about half an hour the snake took refuge in some bushes and finally found a hole to slip into. The female squirrel then began to relax. and continued its activities.It is most likely that the squirrel had young ones nearby and just wanted the cobra to move away from the area.