Don’t think you’re safe up there! Moment baby python manages to kill dove while it is perched on branch six foot in the air

If this majestic dove thought it was safe from predators perching on the branch of a tree, it was wrong – and became supper for a baby PYTHON.

Ranger Marc Lindsay Rea came across the incredible sight as he drove through the Madikwe Game Reserve, in South Africa.

The majestic dove  became supper for a baby python

The majestic dove became supper for a baby python

The unfortunate dove had taken refuge on the branch of a buffalo thorn tree – presumably thinking it was a perfect lookout point to spot predators.

But incredibly, the young python managed to camouflage itself against the tree and pounced within minutes, wrapping itself around the bird and leaving it dangling like a bee hive.

Ranger Marc Lindsay Rea came across the incredible sight as he drove through the Madikwe Game Reserve, in South Africa

Ranger Marc Lindsay Rea came across the incredible sight as he drove through the Madikwe Game Reserve, in South Africa

Marc, who works as a specialist ranger, said: ” I was on a game drive late one morning in the Madikwe Game Reserve when I came across a young python sitting in a small buffalo thorn tree.

“To my amazement, a dove landed right next to this very camouflaged python, unaware that he was there.

“The python couldn’t believe his luck, and within seconds, it had struck the dove and coiled around it like lightning.

“Rarely is such a magnificent photographic opportunity presented like this so I stood under the tree to capture the event, with the battle going on half a metre from my face.

“It was a really incredible raw moment of nature to capture on camera.”