Hippos are not gentle giants, despite their image in popular culture, as anyone who has seen enough wildlife interactions would likely attest. These enormous beasts are exceedingly ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs and aggressive when provoked. However, it seems that they are still capable of being lethal when not enraged. Any animal that unintentionally enters their domain runs the ʀɪsᴋ of dying.
This happened to a kudu in Kruger National Park who strayed into the water and ended up next to a hippo while dodging a troop of wild dogs. The hippo initially appeared to be attempting to protect the kudu from its ᴀᴛᴛᴀᴄᴋers, but the situation quickly became lethal.
The hippo tried to scoop the kudu into its jaws in what looked like an attempt to drag the animal to safety, but maybe underestiᴍᴀᴛɪɴɢ its own strength, it ᴋɪʟʟed the kudu instead. When one of the hippo’s teeth ɢᴏʀᴇd the animal’s body, it’s unclear if it drowned or ᴅɪᴇᴅ from its wounds. However, by the time the hippo pulled it to the water’s edge, where the wild dogs were waiting, it was limp and lifeless.
The footage was captured by Carolyn Wridgway, who said that It was fantastic to witness the hippo pull the kudu to the water’s edge and then try and get it back on its feet while defending it from the dog invasion, but it was awful to see the way the hippo and dogs were having a tug of war with the kudu.
Let’s watch this fierce battle in the video below:
Source: Latest Sightings