Brave young hippo faces nine lions

2015-04-03 14:59

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Harare - Rare footage has emerged from Zimbabwe showing a daring young hippo confronting a pride of lions at a watering hole.

The hippo emerges repeatedly from a pan in Hwange National Park, in the west of Zimbabwe, and tries to confront nine lions basking in the early morning sunshine near the water.

For much of the time, the lions look bored, but are clearly aware of the hippo's presence. One of the lions and the hippo yawn at each other. But when the hippo gets too close, they chase it and it flops back into the water.

At one point a lion prowls the sandy bank of the Nyamandlovu Pan, eyes fixed on the water in what appears to be a warning to the hippo to stay where he is.

But the hippo gets out of the water again and faces the lions.

This repeats itself several times until the hippo finally opts to stay in the water.

The footage was taken last Friday by Swiss nationals Heidi and Kurt Haas, who are currently living in Bulawayo and are frequent visitors to Hwange.

"Never before have I seen anything like that," Kurt Haas told News24.

"This hippo is not yet fully grown and [is] apparently trying to figure out where the boundaries are for survival."

He said the hippo was playing "a very dangerous game".

See Haas's video below:

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