This jackal was reminded of his place in nature's pecking order when he got a nasty nip on the nose after trying to snatch a hungry vulture's scrap of meat.
The pair came to blows after setting their sights on the same tasty snack.
Although the meat was closely guarded by the bird the jackal thought he'd try his luck - but he obviously hadn't bargained for a fight.
Determined to hold on to his dinner, the feisty bird stood its ground as the hungry creature advanced on his meal.
And when the jackal finally plucked up the courage to pounce the vulture struck back with his beak.
These incredible pictures were snapped by husband and wife Lizet and Johann Grobbelaar at Giant's Castle Nature Reserve in the Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.
The bird-watching couple, from Pretoria, often travel there to photograph the large raptors, which gather there to feast on carcasses dumped by
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