This adrenalin pictures were taken three years ago by talented photographer Geoff Walsh in Lake Woodrudd National Wildlife Refuge in the state of Florida.
The set of incredible photos was posted online on social networking site Facebook by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service earlier this week.
Judging by a caption which titles the pictures, the otter eventually pulled the alligator up onto a began and later staryed chomping on the juvenile beast by crunchin noises.
It seemed that the fight was not fair as the ooter weights about 10 pounds while his opponent can be 20 pounds. Which is more, the whole situation looks quite strange as the small creature usually feeds on slow-moving fishes and sometimes consumes amphibians and reptiles.
The Huffington Post explains that despite otters’ cute and adorable appearance they can sometimes show themselves as apex predators in many freshwater habitats, meaning they have no natural predators of their own.
By the way, this is not the first story when alligators lost battle to their smaller opponents. Thus, for example last year’s story claims that a cat came face to face with a croc at the water’s edge and zoo’s visitors were doing their best to scare the moggy away, but failed.
But if the reptile supposed it was dinner time and the cat would be its helpless victim, it had a swift bump back to reality after the fearless kitty scratches it not once, but twice, on the snout.
“As the croc poised to snap up the unusual prey in its jaws, the cat finally spotted the danger in the water to the relief of zoo-goers who assumed it would flee,” reported The Daily Mail.
The reptile probably understood that he was not that hungry as he thought before, and retreated back into the water.
The unequal battle was captured by Manu Chaudhary, 25, and her husband Vishal, 26, from Southall, Middlesex, who were flew to India to celebrate their first wedding anniversary by taking in the sights of country.
Mr Chaudhary, who lives in New Delhi, India, said: “While we were at the crocodile section we realised a cat had got in and was at the edge of the crocodile pond.”
He went on, adding: “We initially thought the cat was under the impression that it was a rat in the pond. When the crocodile came up in the water we felt sure we were witnessing the last minutes of her life.”
Mr Chaudhary continued: “We couldn’t believe it though when the cat daringly warned the crocodile and then fearlessly slapped it twice.”
“I was just screaming: “Oh my God, oh my God”. We were amazed at what we had seen.”