Squirrel takes on snake in backyard rumble

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Sure, squirrels can scurry and climb trees with the best of 'em. But when it comes to brawling, one doesn't normally think of the furry rodents as being the most intimidating of foes.

Consider the above clip as the first step in changing the squirrel's reputation. Here's what happened, according to CBS 5. A Gold Canyon, Ariz., woman called 911 to report that a squirrel and a gopher snake were mixing it up in her backyard.

The dispatcher sent firefighter Ryan Philips, who showed up to deal with the situation. But not before he took out his camera and recorded the brawl for all those who didn't have ringside seats.

The squirrel more than holds its own against the gopher snake, going in for repeated bites and swipes. The CBS 5 report mentioned that the snake did get in a few nips but that the squirrel was the clear aggressor.

Philips told CBS 5, "I'd say this round went to the ground squirrel. But I'm sure they'll be a rematch in the future."

The snake reportedly had a few cuts when it was released back into the desert, but firefighters believed it would be fine.