Crocodiles often avoid hand-to-hand encounters with hippos, because they understand they will have less chance of winning.
An interesting video recorded by veteran photographer Lean van Biljon in Kruger National Park (South Africa) shows that despite being a notorious predator, crocodiles still have to respect hippos and do not dare to compete. food with this animal.
As can be seen at the beginning of the video, the crocodiles ambush and attack the calf when it reaches the riverbank to drink water, and quickly pull the prey into the water.
Immediately, a lot of crocodiles joined the “party”, and they prepared to eat their prey. However, the crocodile suddenly encountered a new obstacle, which is the hippopotamus.
The struggle ensued to regain the prey. However, the victory quickly belonged to the bigger, and stronger. Once again, the crocodiles “submitted” to the annoying enemy.
Hippos are mammals that mainly eat grass. It is one of the largest land mammals and the heaviest even-toed ungulate, although much smaller than the giraffe.
Hippo’s favorite habitat is half underwater, half on land. They usually inhabit the rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps of West Africa where males dominate a section of river and lead herds of 5 to 30 females and their young.
Despite their clumsy and slow appearance, hippos are exceptionally agile and dangerous. They are considered to be the most aggressive creatures in the world.
Even crocodiles, known as the “swamp king”, often have to avoid hand-to-hand encounters with hippos.
According to statistics, the jaws of hippos can crush one or two crocodiles about 3m long. Their ferocity is stronger than any large animal.
No wild animal in Africa kills more people than hippos. Every year, an average of 2900 people are killed by this animal.
Hippos are especially aggressive when it comes to trespassing their territory and touching their offspring. That is why it is very easy for the aborigines in Africa to lose their lives when they accidentally invade the territory of the hippo. They will chase, drag them into the lagoon, bite their boat.