As the great author Mark Twain once said, “It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”

This holds true for mongooses as well.  If you're not familiar with mongooses, they are a group of terrestrial mammals mostly found in Africa, with brown or gray fur and a natural prowess for hunting.

As this little guy demonstrated when he was confronted with four hungry lions on the grasslands of Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve, mongooses can measure up, even against the most fearsome of predators. 

Mongooses are famously fearless animals, and have even gone down in literature as such. In Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” one short story follows the tale of a mongoose named Rikki-Tikki-Tavi as he defends his adoptive family from a pair of marauding cobras. While the story is fictional, it’s not far from the truth. Mongooses have been known to attack snakes — and, like the one above, are known to hold their own.