Stray dog fights fully-grown lioness in front of tourists and somehow survives

Incredible footage has captured a stray dog and fully-grown lioness fighting in a forest.

The video, taken somewhere in India, shows the dog and far larger big cat chasing after one another as a group of tourists watch from the safety of their vehicle.

The pooch starts walking off but then turns back and barks at his foe.

Clearly perplexed by what is going on, the lioness starts moving towards it again.

But the plucky dog is full of confidence and charges at her.

Amazingly, he starts pushing the lioness back. And when the pooch walks away, the lioness is seen leaving the area apparently spooked by what has just happened.

The once-in-a-lifetime encounter was shared to Twitter by Indian Forest Service worker Parveen Kaswan.

“Need this much confidence in life,” he wrote. “Dog vs lion. It also highlights the issue of stray dogs and wildlife interaction.”

It has since been seen more than 170,000 times, attracting hundreds of comments.

“Apt example of size doesn't matter,” one user said. “What matters at the end of the day is your confidence.”

Another commented: “Looks like they weren't looking for food or else he would have become their lunch.”

A third said: “Dogs are cat killers and lions are just bigger cats. The instinct would be natural.”

But a fourth had a different view saying: “Not only confidence but ‘luck’ too as the lion is not necessarily hungry all the time.”

It comes after footage emerged of a plucky dachshund attacking a mountain lion.

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