An angry hippo gave a group of tourists the fright of their lives when it chased them for 200 metres. Watch here:
The group of sightseers were moseying down the Zambezi River in Livingstone, Zambia, on Sunday 23 May, taking in the stunning sunset as hippos popped their heads above the water.
But the beauty and tranquillity of the moment was dashed in the blink of an eye when one of the massive mammals popped up from the water behind them and gave chase, gliding powerfully behind the speedboat.
The humongous hippopotamus didn't give up without a fight either, pursuing the tourists for around 200m.
It was a close call for the group, with the aggressive behemoths estimated to kill around 500 people a year in Africa.
The person who recorded the pursuit, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "It all started as a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River in Livingstone, Zambia. We were admiring a pod of hippos near our boat as we were making our way down stream back to the lodge.
"I took out my phone to record them in their natural habitat with the beautiful sunset over the Zambezi in the background.
"As we were passing the hippos, we noticed one go under, little did we know that it was coming straight for us.
"As soon as it breached the water, we knew it wasn't going to stop until we were well out of its way.
"It continued chasing us for about 200 metres until we were able to speed away to safety."
Scary stuff - and if that's not enough, another bloke in Zambia was incredibly lucky to avoid death in the jaws of a hippo, having been swallowed three times.
Paul Templer was working as a tourist guide and was out in a canoe near Victoria Falls one day when things went went badly wrong.
Speaking to LADbible in 2019, he said: "I heard a huge splash and a crashing sound and I saw that a hippo had hit one of the other canoes. The boat flipped out of the water and into the hippo's back - in doing so, my colleague was thrown into the water.
"I was paddling over to my colleague, when I saw the hippo coming towards me under water - it was like a submarine torpedo as it made its way towards my canoe.
"Suddenly, everything went dark and quiet and it took a few seconds for me to realise what had happened.
"From the waist up I felt like I wasn't really wet, but I wasn't really dry. I could feel a sort of pressure on my lower back and with one of my arms I could feel around, and I felt bristles."
He sustained more than 38 bite wounds and lost an arm in the attack, while his colleague sadly died. You can read more about his horrific ordeal here.
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