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Impala only lasted ten minutes as the powerful python swallowed it completely

These are the amazing scenes as a giant python devours an unsuspecting impala who just happened to be ambling through the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

The helpless mammal was oblivious to the threat in the grass when the python struck and wrapped its powerful body around it.

With only its hind legs still visible sticking out of the python’s mouth, the impala was swallowed in the 10 minute period that photographer Sheila Grobbelaar, 54, watched the startling encounter.

At three metres long, the python made light work of the poor buck, which was seen in Kruger National Park, South Africa, although it may have bitten off more than it could chew as it wasn’t for a while afterwards that it made trails.

Sheila said: ‘At the first I had been hoping to get some good shots of four lions that were in the area when another tourist told me about the python.

‘The python was massive – it was surprising just how much it could fit in its mouth. The entire impala was gone in 10 minutes.

‘It was exhilarating to watch and I was grateful to see the incident happen. I love being out in the bush and it is really rewarding so long as you respect it.’

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