Heroic mother: Image of a marsupial mother determined to save her child from the сɩᴜtсһeѕ of a һᴜпɡгу carpet python in the ѕtгᴜɡɡɩe for survival to save her child’s fгаɡіɩe life ‎

Images of a determined mother possum saving its baby from the grasps of a hungry carpet python in a short struggle in a Queensland backyard have captured the attention of thousands, three years after they were taken.

Photos of the melee were shared by almost 2,000 people after being posted to Facebook on Thursday night by a prominent snake catcher on the Sunshine Coast.

They were snapped by Mackay woman Christine Birch Williams, who recalled stumbling across the backyard brawl late one night in 2015.

The python was trying to strangle the baby possum.(Supplied: Christine Birch Williams)

“I looked up and watched as a carpet python had just taken a baby possum from the back of its mother,” Ms Williams told ABC News on Friday.

The baby possum was well and truly in the python’s stranglehold when the mother possum intervened.(Supplied: Christine Birch Williams)

Her six photos depict the baby possum well and truly wrapped up by the python, with the mother possum leaping into action, clawing and biting the reptile.

Eventually the python releases its prey.

The photos sparked discussion as to whether Ms Williams should have intervened.

“As hard as this would be to watch … this is all a part of nature,” snake catcher Stu McKenzie wrote.

“Would I interfere and save the baby if I was there at the time? Hard to say.

The fight was short, Ms Williams said.(Supplied: Christine Birch Williams)

“In one hand it would be horrible to watch, on the other hand the snake has earnt his meal.”

Opinions were divided among the comments.

The mother possum bit and clawed her way to victory.(Supplied: Christine Birch Williams)

“Leave it be, nature is what it is. Nature doesn’t do it to be cruel and malice its the natural instinct to survive,” Samii Lawson wrote.

“I could not of just watched without helping the possum,” Jill Patterson said.

Ms Williams said she did not even think of intervening.

Opinions on social media were split as to whether they would have intervened in a similar situation.(Supplied: Christine Birch Williams)

“I was more fascinated with the battle,” she said.

Ms Williams said once the fight was won, the possums took off.

“The last photo showed mum holding baby. Baby then jumped on mum’s back and they took off.”

Both possums ran off into the night after the fight.(Supplied: Christine Birch Williams)

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