And it was while capturing images of wildlife in Kenya that Guillaumot spotted a curious interaction between a mongoose and some lions. Specifically, he was in the Maasai Mara National Reserve when he spotted the standoff – and he successfully recorded the scene as it happened.
In Guillaumot’s clip, the four lions are seen ganging up on the little mongoose, surrounding it in a circle and cutting off its escape routes. But the big cats may have been surprised when their prey then decides to defend itself. And it seems as if the mongoose will put all its strength and daring into the battle; screeching at the top of its lungs, it begins lunging at the lions.
As the scene unfolded, meanwhile, Guillaumot was stunned. He later wrote on his website, “A conflict between two carnivorous species is a rare scene. But when one of the opponents that is 2 kilograms [4 pounds] faces four guys that are 100 kilograms [220 pounds] each, there can’t be no real fight. Nevertheless, the confrontation, I will tell you, lasted at least a quarter of an hour.”