Thursday, July 16, 2009

National Geographic Best Wild Animal Photos of 2008

PHOTOS: Best Wild Animal Photos of 2008 Announced

Winner, "Animal Behavior: All Other Animals" Category

An aptly named winner of the 2008 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, "Deadlock" was captured in the dead of night in a Belizean rain forest.

U.K.-based David Maitland observed from midnight to 3 a.m. as a rare Morelet's tree frog doggedly refused to become supper for a cat-eyed snake--and still didn't see the conclusion.

"I would love to have seen them go their separate ways, but I was exhausted," the photographer said. "The frog was all the time trying to pull the snake off, but the snake just wouldn't let go.

"This frog is actually incredibly rare, which lends to the bizarre nature of the whole encounter," he said.

—Photograph by David Maitland/Wildlife Photographer of the Year


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