A protected family

This morning on game drive we stopped at a beautiful watering hole where we had a family (called a pod) of hippos. The family of four hippos was on the one side of the watering hole with another big male hippo on the other side.

Things soon became a bit messy as the big male hippo approached the mother and her youngsters. Hippo males are known to attack and often kill younger hippo males, so the mother’s first instinct was to defend her youngsters against this approaching male.

Luckily for the family and young hippos the male just had a look at them and was very quickly driven off by a very determined and protective mother.

All ended well as we got to enjoy a beautiful sighting of these majestic animals.

Wayne – Kapama River Lodge
22/09/2012

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