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Sneaky hyena creeps up and snatches an impala from the coils of a huge python 

This is the moment a hyena snatches an impala from under the nose of a python in South Africa.

Footage shows the scavenger steal the African rock python's kill after the constrictor had caught the impala and squeezed it to death at Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Sensing an easy meal, the hyena approaches silently from bushes and edges closer to the python and its catch. 

Trail guide Jason Joubert, 33, is heard saying: 'This is crazy interaction you guys,' to the other people watching off-camera.

A hyena sneaks up to an African rock python that is coiled around the body of an impala at Kruger National Park, South Africa

The hyena sneaks up to the impala before sniffing the corpse and checking its surroundings to make sure the coast is clear.

It then quickly rips the body of the impala from under the python and runs off with it before the snake can react.

The video was posted to YouTube on May 19 by Kruger Sightings.

Jason said he could not believe what he had witnessed because interactions between hyenas and pythons are rare.

He said: 'I spotted a hyena with his nose right to the ground, searching an open area. He seemed to be very interested in whatever it is he got a scent of and kept scouting the area for a while. 

The stealthy scavenger edges closer to the python and sniffs the body of the impala before looking around to check its surroundings

The hyena then grabs the impala by the leg and yanks it free from the grip of the python before running off with its prize

'Upon further inspection, the hyena found an African rock python wrapped around a young impala!

'I was ecstatic! In 13 years of guiding, I had never seen anything like this, I was just bummed that the python lost its kill after a lot of hard work though.' 

African rock pythonss lack venom so kill animals by encircling and literally squeezing the life out of them.

They have long, curved teeth that can inflict deep wounds. Their flexible jaws and skin allow them to eat almost any warm-blooded animal small enough to get down their gullet.

The hyena's stealthy snatch was filmed at Kruger National Park which relies on the tourism trade to stay open but because of the coronavirus lockdown, the industry has been temporarily shut down.

SafariBookings.com completed a survey of 443 safari tour operators and found that 93 per cent had lost at least three quarters of their bookings

Sisa Ntshona, South African Tourism chief executive officer, said that he does not expect tourism to be allowed to reopen until at least September.

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