While photographing wildlife in Kenya, Guillaumot spotted a curious interaction between a mongoose and some lions. He was in the Maasai Mara national park when he spotted the standoff – and he successfully captured the scene as it happened.
The four lions ganged up on the little mongoose and surrounded him in a circle, cutting off his escape routes. But they got more than they bargained for. Their prey had decided to defend itself. The mongoose would put all its strength and daring into the battle. Screeching at the top of its lungs, it began lunging at the lions.
As the scene unfolded, Guillaumot was stunned. He said, “A conflict between two carnivorous species is a rare scene. But when one of the opponents that is 2 kilograms [4 pounds] faces four guys that are 100 kilograms [220 pounds] each, there can’t be no real fight. Nevertheless, the confrontation, I will tell you, lasted at least a quarter of an hour.”