A brave mongoose takes on four lions in this video filmed in Kenya’s Masaai Mara National Park.
Mongoose are bold animals when faced with dangerous predators. This video uploaded by Barcroft Media is a prime example of their tough demeanor.
Surrounded by four hungry lions, this wily mongoose choses to fight back. The mongoose repeatedly hisses and lunges at the cats. The brave varmint succeeds at chasing a few of lions away, albeit for only a few moments. It’s just like the old adage goes, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog”.
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Mongoose’s famous reputation for being a tough animal stems from their ability to take down highly venomous snakes. Celebrated author Rudyard Kipling cemented that reputation with his 1894 book Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a fable about a mongoose that fights cobras in India.
Mongoose are mostly found in Africa. Their range extends from Africa across southern Asia.
Have you seen a mongoose in the wild?