Whenever a pack of bullies comes around it helps to have a big guy on your side – and when that helping hand is a hippo you know your luck is in. In this amazing video a baby hippo sends a pack of wild dogs scampering away from a fortunate kudu at the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. The female of the antelope species was a target for the bloodthirsty mob, and had leaped into a water hole to escape their clutches.
She thought she was safe as the dogs can’t swim, but then found herself sharing the water with three crocodiles and three hippos. Luckily for the kudu the reptiles weren’t hungry, having stolen a kill from the wild dogs two days before, while she found an unlikely ally in the baby of the three hippos who jumped out of the water and chased the dogs away.
Sue-Ellen Kuhn, a guest at the park, said: ‘It was the crack of dawn and we headed to the closest watering hole on safari expecting to see zebras, antelopes, giraffes, elephants leisurely drinking in silent thankfulness that they had survived the night.
‘To our delight, we stumbled across an exciting dance of life and death. ‘On the banks of the watering hole was a pack of 11 wild dogs in full hunting mode. These dogs are frenzied and vicious killers that feed on their prey before it has died. ‘As wild dogs can’t swim, the kudu thought that she was safe in the water but she was sadly mistaken as that watering hole was also home to three hippos and three crocodiles. ‘We waited by the watering hole for three hours, all the while transfixed by the scene playing out in front of us.
‘The dogs were snapping on the bank, the hippos were pushing the kudu to the edge and the crocs were lurking. ‘We hoped the kudu would survive but couldn’t see how with the odds so heavily stacked against her.
‘We braced ourselves for the inevitable and distressing scene we knew was coming. ‘To us, the only mystery was whether the kudu would succumb to the wild dogs, the hippos or the crocs.’ Instead the kudu slipped away to safety while the baby hippo was filmed bellowing at the pack of dogs, sending them scattering as it showed its mighty jaws. One or two of the bolder members keep coming close and harassing their much larger opponent but the hippo ultimately sees them all off.
Fellow guest Cees van Ginkel added: ‘To our surprise the crocs swam right past the kudu and got out of the water to sun themselves on the bank. ‘Apparently they had stolen a kill from the wild dogs two days before in exactly the same circumstances and weren’t hungry. ‘The dogs turned their attention to one of the crocs, without success. The law of the jungle played out – there is always another predator bigger than you. ‘To add insult to injury, the baby hippo got out of the water and chased the dogs away. With help from it’s new friend and safe from immediate danger, we left the kudu warming itself in the morning sun.’
Rose Hipwood, founder of The Luxury Safari Company said: ‘To see something which involves all of these species is incredible but to see it in Zimbabwe is even more special.’
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Posted by WOA Animals on Friday, October 27, 2017