By Jamie Smith

These ground squirrels snapped mid-tussle resemble judo masters.

Peter Haygarth, 55, snapped the not-so-cuddly critters during a trip to Etosha National Park in Namibia earlier this month.

PIC BY Peter Haygarth / CATERS NEWS

The freelance photographer, from Bishop Auckland, County Durham, said: “There were a number of squirrels running around close to me, so when two of them started fighting I grabbed my camera and started shooting.

“Some of the fight between the two squirrels resembles judo moves.

PIC BY Peter Haygarth / CATERS NEWS 

“The fight lasted less than 30 seconds before they ran off in different directions.

“I didn’t realise as I was shooting how funny the final shots would look.”