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Heroic hippo saves a waterbuck from crocodile in Uganda

Incredible pictures appear to show a heroic hippo help a waterbuck escape the jaws of a hungry crocodile.

In a death match that lasted for more than an hour, the helpless creature was held underwater by the reptile at Murchison Falls National Park, in Uganda.

The waterbuck eventually broke free from the crocodile’s powerful clutches when a hippo intervened, gently dragging and nudging it from the water.

Stunning pictures show a heroic hippo (pictured) help a struggling waterbuck escape the jaws of a hungry crocodile

 But the waterbuck eventually broke free from the crocodile's powerful clutches when a passing hippo kindly intervened

 But the waterbuck eventually broke free from the crocodile’s powerful clutches when a passing hippo kindly intervened

 In a death match that lasted for more than an hour, the helpless creature was held underwater by the reptile at Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda

 In a death match that lasted for more than an hour, the helpless creature was held underwater by the reptile at Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda

Gently dragging and nudging it from the water, it helped the distressed animal out of the river to the safety of the riverbank

Gently dragging and nudging it from the water, it helped the distressed animal out of the river to the safety of the riverbank

Safari guide Brenden Simonson, 25, who was on a fishing trip this month, watched the incredible scenes unfold from the White Nile River.

He said that although the crocodile wasn’t visible, it is likely one of the many which live in the river was trying to tire then drown the animal. 

But after its miraculous escape, this lucky waterbuck was spotted later that day resting beside the same river – sitting perilously close to another crocodile.

Safari guide Brenden Simonson, 25, (pictured) who was on a fishing trip this month, watched the incredible scenes unfold from the White Nile River

Safari guide Brenden Simonson, 25, (pictured) who was on a fishing trip this month, watched the incredible scenes unfold from the White Nile River

He said that although the crocodile wasn't visible, it is likely one of the many which live in the river was trying to tire then drown the animal

He said that although the crocodile wasn’t visible, it is likely one of the many which live in the river was trying to tire then drown the animal

Hippos and crocodiles often clash in rivers in Africa.

While adult hippos often club together to hunt down crocodiles, the reptiles tend to prey on young smaller hippos. 

Brenden, who works at his family’s lodge in the Tarangire National park, said it was an incredible sight to witness. 

After its miraculous escape, the lucky waterbuck was spotted later that day resting beside the same river in the company of a beautiful giraffe

After its miraculous escape, the lucky waterbuck was spotted later that day resting beside the same river in the company of a beautiful giraffe

The creature was also photographed relaxing on the riverbank perilously close to a pair of ferocious crocodiles gnashing their lethal jaws

The creature was also photographed relaxing on the riverbank perilously close to a pair of ferocious crocodiles gnashing their lethal jaws

‘The guide I was with told me that a croc had its back leg and from what it looked like the buck was not able to stand up out of the water, which suggested the croc was holding her down,’ he said.

‘The hippo was being very gentle with and was trying to help her out of the Nile.’

And he said it was lovely to see the struggle resolve with a happy ending for the waterbuck. 

‘Witnessing the hippo saving the waterbuck was a truly amazing experience,’ he said.

‘Seeing a hippo showing compassion towards another animal was really heart-warming.’



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