By Rebecca Lewis @RebeccaSLewis

A LEOPARD had its ego deflated after being pricked by a PORCUPINE

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The leopard tries to kill the porcupine but is pricked by its sharp quills

The mighty predator was put in its place after the spiky rodent refused to back down during a fight.

The porcupine is not giving up without a fight and acts aggressively toward the big cat

Wildlife enthusiast Lisl Moolman, 41, took the images in Kruger National Park, South Africa.

The leopard prowls around the porcupine

The amusing pictures, which were shot in 2012 but have just come to light, shows the sharp skirmish with the spotted cat.

The inquisitive leopard tries to get close to the porcupine

She had been driving along the road when she saw the leopard dart across.

Minutes later the leopard and porcupine tumbled out of the bushes and began to fight.

Bitten off more than you can chew: The leopard's easy dinner is proving hard to kill

Concern for the porcupine - armed with sharp quills - soon faded as it put on an aggressive show and proved more than a match for the confused leopard.

Bruised ego: The leopard appears defeated as the porcupine wins

Lisl said: “The porcupine was a worthy opponent. It was quite aggressive and shaking its quills, raising them to appear larger. The leopard was certainly inexperienced.

Prickly porcupine: The leopard tries to get closer to the rodent

“In such a situation one always expect the worst, but the porcupine put up such a fight that the leopard didn't stand a chance.”

Giving up: The leopard forfeits the battle and lies on the road

Lisl stayed with the battling creatures for twenty minutes before the leopard gave up and walked off to lick its wound on its front leg.

The victorious porcupine leaves the battle scene

She added: “This is the first time I saw anything like this and I've been visiting Kruger and other parks since I was a baby.”