Rare Footage Shows an Angry Hippo Drowning an Unsuspecting Rhino


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An angry hippo drowning an unsuspecting rhino.  After it refused to leave a waterhole during a drought at a South African game reserve.

As the rhino backs away from the duo.  The first hippo opens its jaws and pounces on the intruder. Its head under the water.

A game ranger at Inverdoorn safari park captured the shocking footage. As he guided tourists to the waterhole.  As the rhino approached to take a drink in the heat.


The hippo is not happy to share with a raging thirst. The rhino appears bemused as the hippo bellows a loud warning.  The giant beast leaves the safety of the waterhole and confronts it on dry land. The rhino would normally be firm favourite to win the encounter between the two big beasts over territory.

But in this case the rhino has lost the one deadly weapon. Rhino would have seen it fend off the jaws of the attacking hippo.
Unable to gore the hippo with its missing horn. The angry rhino is forced to give ground.  It is literally bulldozed backward into the water and rolled over onto its back by its attacker.

Do angry rhinos get attacked by hippo?

Hippo very rarely attempt to kill an adult rhino.  It’s usually a young male that is lacking experience. … The biggest prey a single hippo can take is the cape buffalo, or some said evencrocodile. As they strongly prefer to hunt those quarries with their prides.

The hippo  backs off.  But the angry rhino is unable to right itself in the glutinous mud and thrashes helplessly in the water until it drowns.
Hippo’s become extremely aggressive in drought. As the hippo pushed the rhino into the water next was complete and utter shock mixed with disbelief.


The hippo was protecting his waterhole and pulled out one massive attack on the baffled rhino. The rhino didn’t stand a chance under the hippo’s sheer force.

‘It was hard to watch and not intervene. This is a very rare. We stayed on at the sighting. How the hippo landed up drowning the rhino.
The rhino being dehorned to try and save it from poachers had ironically been the difference between life and death in this encounter. The game reserve is not being named to try and protect the rhino that are breeding there. The hippo is one of the most dangerous animals in Africa and kills 500 people a year and can outrun a human.

Source: By JAMIE PYATT IN CAPE TOWN FOR MAILONLINE– Daily Mail


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