A huge python accidentally got itself caught on an antelope’s horn, much like a fish on a hook, as it started gorging on the dead animal.
The incident was filmed inside South Africa’s Kruger Park and posted to YouTube on Tuesday.
The footage shows the distressed python trying to free itself from the horns of the dukier, a small species of antelope native to Sub-Saharan Africa, while coiled around the beast.
The tussle was caught on camera by a tourist who sent the footage to Latest Sightings. Here the python starts devouring its prey before being impaled
Ouch! The moment the horn impales the snake was caught on camera
A horn can be seen sticking out of the body as the snake shows obvious signs of agony
The distressed python retreats back from feasting on the antelope as it attempts to free itself
African rock Pythons can grow up to 12ft and in rare cases even longer
The serpent slithers away from the scene after releasing itself from the horn
The serpent eventually managed to free itself from the antelope’s grip after a painful struggle, according to Australia’s 9news.
Some comments on the Youtube video chastised the tourist who filmed the ordeal saying they caused the impaling by scaring the snake forcing it to retreat quickly.
“Tourists got the snake to retreat n (sic) pierce himself like that,” wrote HellaFlush070.
African rock Pythons, which can grow up to 12ft, are non-venomous and kill its prey by constriction.
After restraining their prey and the snake coils around it tightening its grip every time the victim breathes out.
Experts say death is usually caused by cardiac arrest as opposed to asphyxiation or crushing.
African rock pythons, the creature thought to be impaled by the antelope, can grow up to the 12ft long, and in rare cases even bigger