They are some of the most fearsome creatures to stalk the waterways of Africa. But when a army of crocodiles got snap happy with a herd of hippos, it seems that the mammals were in no mood for a fight.
By DAMIEN GAYLE
Wildlife photographer Marc Mol witnessed the ignominious retreat in a river at Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, where hungry crocs were preparing to rip one hippo to shreds. Here we see a group of crocs have attacked some hippos, successfully capturing at least one at the time it was taken. It’s fair to say we will be watching where we go…very carefully!
Their victim lay dead on the muddy banks of the river, surrounded by the fearsome reptiles, while the rest of the herd turned tail. It would have been madness to stay and fight. More than a hundred crocodiles descended on the river as the hippos ran, said Mr Mol.
‘I was up in a helicopter above the river in the early hours of the morning and my pilot John Coppinger and I saw around 100 crocodiles feasting on a dead hippo,’ he told Mercury Press. ‘The hot weather was relentless but it was likely this hippo died from anthrax which lies dormant for many years but can get stirred up if the dry season is an extended one.
‘What I did find that was most interesting was that the crocodiles appeared to be the only animals that were concerned with the microlight flying overhead. ‘It could well be a throwback to the days when Pterodactyls ruled the skies. ‘It was a thrilling and amazing experience, one that I’ll never forget.’