Playing with snakes is not advised unless you are a lightning-quick ground squirrel with a big bushy tail as decoy. Malan van Zyl stumbled upon this scene between a Cape cobra and ground squirrel while visiting Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
“After tiring of its provocative game, the ground squirrel sat there eating its snacks and staring the cobra straight in the eye – a final act of defiance. Eventually, the snake, defeated and defied, slithered away. “
Malan’s photo was awarded second place in the third round of the Captured Experiences sequence category. Find out more here.