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Big Cat Caught In Epic Battle With Giant Reptile At Brazilian River

Jaguars are known to prey on caimans.

29/09/2017 6:41 AM AEST | Updated 29/09/2017 6:41 AM AEST

In a battle of big cat vs. big reptile, who do you think is favored?

Our money is on the cat, based on the photos of this confrontation between a jaguar and a caiman on the shores of the Three Brothers River in the Pantanal wetlands in Mato Grosso, Brazil.

Jaguars prey on caimans, though sometimes seeing the two animals go head-to-head can be shocking for people. Photographer Chris Brunskill captured this 20-minute melee at around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning.

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    A jaguar ambushes a giant jacare caiman high up on the Three Brothers River in the Pantanal in Mato Grosso, Brazil.
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    The cat wrestled with the reptile for over twenty minutes in a death struggle witnessed by photographer Chris Brunskill.
  • Chris Brunskill Ltd via Getty Images
    Caimans form a large part of the jaguar's diet in the Pantanal but battles such as this are very rarely observed and seldom photographed.
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  • Chris Brunskill Ltd via Getty Images
  • Chris Brunskill Ltd via Getty Images
  • Chris Brunskill Ltd via Getty Images
  • Chris Brunskill Ltd via Getty Images
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