A baby deer had a miraculous escape from a python’s deadly grip after a passing driver warded off the reptile with a branch.
Footage recorded from the driver’s car shows a spotted fawn being strangled as a huge python wrapped its body around the poor animal by the side of the road.
The startling scene was recorded at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo in the Sri Racha district in eastern Thailand’s Chonburi Province.
A motorist quickly gets out of his car and drags a tree branch towards the python, forcing the serpent to lunge at him and release its prey.
The young deer struggles to breathe when the three-metre-long snake tightly coils around its neck.
When the driver hits the python with the branch, the defensive snake strikes out towards the man, biting at the air.
The man continues hitting it and after a few attempts, the snake gives up on its prey and slithers away into the bush.
The fawn quickly leaps to its feet and runs away across the road.
Viewers were divided on the man’s actions, with some praising him for saving the deer as one wrote: “I will also do the same thing to save the deer as well.”
Others, however, explained that it was a natural way for the snake to hunt for its food. They criticised the man, who has not been identified, for interrupting the kill.
The Khao Kheow Open Zoo covers an area of about 2,000 acres and contains more than 8,000 animals from 300 different species.