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Horse vs. Alligator

A battle was caught on tape.

In the canon of animal kingdom rivalries, horse vs. alligator isn’t one that comes up a whole lot, but that might just be because we haven’t been capturing it on tape.

The fight in the video above was filmed Wednesday in Florida’s Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park by a group of friends who told Fox 13 that they just happened upon the incident in the middle of a hike. 

The two animals clashed after the horse, witnesses said, appeared to be trying to protect its offspring. 

Left unanswered by the video is the question of which animal is, in fact, dominant, since after a couple passes from the horse, the gator manages to crawl off the trail, while the horse saunters back towards his group.

Judging by the astonished gasps of witnesses, though, that might not matter, since the real winners might be the humans watching it.