Leopard gets last laugh after getting a whipping from a lizard

Leopard gets last laugh after getting a whipping from a lizard

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Leopard gets last laugh after getting a whipping from a lizard

A monitor lizard put up an impressive defense against a leopard cub in an encounter captured in video on a dirt road by a tourist at the Kaingu Safari Lodge in Zambia.

The lizard used its long tail to slap around the young cougar, which appeared flummoxed.

“The tails can account for, typically, half of the lizard’s body length, and give you a good whipping,” LatestSightings.com wrote. “When confronted, monitor lizards try to puff themselves up as much as possible, making themselves appear larger and more threatening. They stand upright on all legs, puffing up their lungs, flattening their back, making a hissing sound, and some will also sway from side to side.”

But this monitor lizard’s best defense was its tail, and Costa Frangeskides was fortunate to witness the incident.

“We could see that there were two leopards looking very interested in trying to make a morsel of the monitor,” Frangeskides explained to LastestSightings.com

“The lizard knew that it was in trouble and immediately began thrashing its tail around from side to side in order to protect itself. The tail is a pretty powerful tool. However, once the lizard had its back to the leopard he was able to grab him at the back of the neck and make off into the bushes with his treat.”

The last laugh goes to the leopard cub, obviously.

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