Image: Paul Brehem
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As duels in the animal world go, it takes some beating. Kipling based a story on it, and found one of his most tenacious heroes in Rikki-Tikki, the pet mongoose who saves his human family from a pair of deadly cobras. But outside the pages of fiction, what’s the reality of the situation when this carnivorous mammal and venomous snake go one-on-one? The following photographic sequence helps shed some light.