We Can All Learn From This As Hard Ass Hippos Save A Wildebeest From Croc Attack
Solidarity is not usually one of the qualities that gets someone very far in the animal kingdom. It's a dog eat dog world out there. In fact, it's a lion eats everyone, vultures pick the bones off your carcass, your body rots in the midday sun kinda world out there, if we're being honest.
Or at least, so we thought. Amazing animal footage is emerging from South Africa that shows an implausibility of wildebeest being attacked by a bask of crocodiles - only to be saved by a heroic intervention from a bloat of hippos.
(Yes, I googled it, the proper collective nouns for wildebeest, crocodiles and hippopotamus is "an implausibility", "a bask" and "a bloat". Take this useless knowledge forth and make the best of it that you can.)
The incident took place at a watering hole at the appropriately named Crocodile Bridge near the Gezanftombi Dam in northern South Africa and was captured live by Chasin' Africa Safaris staff.
The footage shows a croc going for one of the wildebeest and trapping its head within its jaws, while another crocodile goes for its leg. The wildebeest struggles and flaps about, but seems doomed - only for some onlooking, hard as nails hippos to intervene and scare off the attackers.
After a struggle, the crocs are sufficiently scared and take flight, allowing the stricken wildebeest to get away, though it is clearly still in some strife. It continues to flap away in the water, surrounded by hippos, until it gets itself back to dry land and manages to walk away, limping but generally alright.
Even as the intra-animal battle is raging, the tour guide can be heard telling the safari sightseers just how unusual an incident they are witnessing. There are a few moments of stress for the tourists - nobody wants to see an animal being murdered by another, after all - but a general acceptance that the animal kingdom is tough as old boots and, well, these things happen.
Despite the reputation, crocs are actually far less dangerous than hippos - for humans, at least. It is thought that crocs kill hundreds of people a year across Africa, which sounds like a lot, but pales into insignificance next to the number that are killed by hippos, which is thought to be more than 3,000 a year.
Luckily for wildebeest, however, hippos are vegetarian and have no interest in chowing down on them for tea. In fact, they occasionally even do their bit to help out a brother mammal in need.
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