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Incredible video shows rock python devouring a hyena

Raw video: Epic encounter caught on tape near side of road in Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya

 

An amazing video shows an African rock python devouring a hyena at a wildlife reserve in Africa.

The stomach-churning encounter was caught on tape near the side of the road at Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.

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The video is the first ever to show a rock python swallowing a hyena whole, according to National Geographic. The fact that the 13-foot-long python was able to take down a 150-pound hyena, is a testament to the snake’s hunting ability, it added.

“This individual was likely ambushed and strangled to death as he or she wandered through the swampy culvert or neighboring drainage pipes looking for a cool place to sack out for the afternoon, as hyenas are wont to do,” wrote Michael Kowalski, a research assistant at  the Masai Mara’s Fisi Camp, in a blog post. “Nevertheless, it is an incredibly impressive kill for this python.”

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Kowalski located the python after its gigantic meal. The snake, as its name suggests, resembled “a gigantic rock submerged in a swamp.”

“Now that the rock python has successfully swallowed the hyena, it will likely lie motionless in a warm, safe place nearby for a couple of months,” he added. “It will digest the hyena in totality and given a kill of this magnitude it will not need to eat for several months after.”

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National Geographic reports that rock pythons are renowned for their aggression and can grow to be 25-foot and 200 pounds.