YEAR of the SNAKE

 

Year of the Snake

 

 

Dec. 28. 2012: A zookeeper in Manila, Philippines, is not fearful of Burmese pythons that wrap themselves around his body during a celebration to mark the Chinese Zodiac‘s upcoming Year of the Snake. (© Rouelle Umali/Xinhua/Zuma Press)

 

 

Not so fast

Not so fast

 

Dec. 26, 2012: This blue heron had been looking for food in a quiet marsh when it bit off more than it could chew with a feisty snake. The snake tightly wrapped its body around the heron’s beak before the bird had the chance to bite. After 15 minutes, the heron changed technique & started to bang the snake on the ground. The reptile’s grip began to wane & the heron gulped it down. (© Peter Brannon/Caters)