|General Poetry posted September 2, 2014|
One of nature's dealiest battles...
The Mongoose and the Cobra
by Dean Kuch
Cobras are normally shy, but when threatened, they can become very aggressive; especially when a furry predator comes sniffing around.
At first glance, this curious mammal may not look like much competition of the venomous cobra.
However, the Indian Grey Mongoose is quite the predator itself, and its lightning fast reflexes, thick hide, and resistance to venom has enabled it to add snakes like the cobra to its list of favorite foods.
The snake attempts to warn the mongoose away, making use of its famous hooded cowl and raspy hiss.
However, the mongoose, ever persistent, is on the prowl for dinner!
When the mongoose moves in to attack, the cobra strikes...and misses...
Again, and again...and again...yet, each time, the mongoose dances just out of reach.
But when the mongoose has decided that the fun is over, he doesn't miss, and snake will be on the menu tonight.
Rudyard Kipling would be proud...
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