Bitten off more than it can chew! Brave jackal taunts lion by biting its tail

This is the moment a brave jackal almost bit off more than it could chew when it snuck up on a lion and bit its tail.

The Jackal sneaks up behind the lion

The Jackal sneaks up behind the lion

The sneaky jackal gradually crept up behind the unsuspecting male lion and cheekily nibbled on its tail.

Scared his annoying antics would cause uproar the jackal made a very swift exit as the lion turned around to find out who was brave enough to taunt him.

The Jackal sneaks up behind the lion

The Jackal sneaks up behind the lion

The funny sequence of images were taken by photographer Mark Drysdale from Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mark, 54, was photographing animals in Piper Pan Central Kalahari Game Reserve when he spotted the lion and jackal.

The Jackal sneaks up behind the lion

The Jackal sneaks up behind the lion

He said: “I watched the jackal approach the Lion from a few different angles, as jackals always hang around the Lions to try and steal a few scraps from their dinner table.

“This Jackal sneaked up on the Lion from behind him and managed to close enough to have a munch on his tail because the lion was flicking his tail from side to side.

The Jackal sneaks up behind the lion and bites his tail

The Jackal sneaks up behind the lion and bites his tail

“I wondered what the jackal was going to do, but I certainly didn’t expect him to bite the Lions tail.

“I though the inter-action was very funny and typical of a bold naughty jackal

The Jackal makes a quick dash away from the lion

The Jackal makes a quick dash away from the lion

“There was certainly no danger involved to me, for the Jackal it was a different situation.”