It’s one of nature’s fiercest battles; soaring eagle v slithering snake.
And it ended in a score draw.
These stunning photos show a fight between an eagle and a cobra.
The pair were captured on camera in a field outside Bangalore, India by amateur photographer Vikram Ramesh.
The eagle looked like the early favourite, diving in to get its talons on the cobra, but the snake reared up and leapt at the bird.
The eagle managed to avoid the snake’s fangs and the two tussled for more than ten minutes.
In the end, the frustrated eagle gave up the fight and flew off.
Mr Ramesh said: “It was great to see the eagle swoop down on its prey, it was so quick and graceful, but deadly at the same time.
“I thought that it would be over really quickly, but the cobra put up a stiff fight and the two of them were countering each other for at least ten minutes.
“I think the eagle, despite its reputation, realised after a while that it probably wasn’t going to be making a meal out of this particular snake and fluttered off to find easier pickings.
“The snake was certainly very lucky that day.”
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