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Hungry hippos stop wildebeest being eaten by a crocodile

  • Grazing wildebeest struggles for eight minutes against a snapping crocodile
  • But it is then saved by two hungry hippos who force the reptile to release its jaws
  • Astonishingly the two animals then go in for their own bite of the wildebeest
  • The amazing video was captured in South Africa’s Kruger Park by a pensioner 

This is the moment a pair of hungry hippos stopped a wildebeest from being eaten by a crocodile – and then tried to get a bite for themselves. 

The amazing video was captured in South Africa’s Kruger Park by pensioner Mervyn Van Wyk, 72, who was visiting the park with his wife Tokkie.

The adventurous pair noticed the wildebeest happily grazing on the opposite side of the river along with zebras and impalas.

The wildebeest struggled with the crocodile for eight minutes as it was caught in its jaws

Mervyn’s wife was happily snapping away when she noticed that one of the unlucky animals had been grabbed by a crocodile.

It struggled for its life for eight minutes with the wildebeest trying and failing to drag itself out of the water.

The exhausted animal was close to succumbing to the water when suddenly two hippos appeared before approaching the scene cautiously.

They suddenly sprang on the crocodile forcing it to release its grip on the wildebeest – and crucially giving the creature a chance to escape.

The exhausted animal was close to succumbing to the water when suddenly two hippos appeared before approaching the scene cautiously and saving it

The exhausted animal was close to succumbing to the water when suddenly two hippos appeared before approaching the scene cautiously and saving it

Mervyn said: 'We could not believe the rarity of this situation. I have never seen a hippo coming to the aid of another animal, it was simply astonishing'

Mervyn said: ‘We could not believe the rarity of this situation. I have never seen a hippo coming to the aid of another animal, it was simply astonishing’

But while it might seem that the hippos were rescuing the wildebeest, it is far more likely that they were showing territorial behaviour.

It turns out that they were actually trying to attack the animal in a bid to get it out of their area of water.

Mervyn said: ‘We could not believe the rarity of this situation. I have never seen a hippo coming to the aid of another animal, it was simply astonishing.

‘Remember in Kruger, never rush away and always be patient because these amazing sightings are everywhere to be seen”. 

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