WATCH: Yikes! Hungry hippo gatecrashes lion pride's dinner

Photo: YouTube Video
Photo: YouTube Video

Cape Town - Pilanesberg field guide, Solomzi Radebe shared this footage with, saying he could I could hardly believe it when a hippo invaded the pride's meal during a rather unusual sighting.

Radebe says he made two attempts to spot the pride,, despite knowing full well that on a hot day chances of good wildlife sightings can be slim. 

“I was on a midday safari and didn't expect to see much. I had come across a pride of lions on my earlier drive heading towards the waterhole but they didn't show up as I arrived back.

"I reckoned that they must have been thirsty and soon they would arrive back for a drink. I waited patiently but no sign of them.

"On my 2nd drive, I thought, again, it's hot and I don't expect much but let me try the waterhole, again, maybe the sun has forced that pride to go drink now. Thank goodness I managed to come across the pride just as they ambushed an unsuspecting Tsessebe.

Radebe says it was a win-win situation for him and his guests as they sat there, the only vehicle to take in this incredible moment. However the best of the experience was yet to come.

"We were enjoying the sighting and I started to see a hippo bull come out of the water and advance slowly over towards the kill. In my mind, I thought he was just curious as to what was happening and that he might just chase those lions away," says Radebe. 

The video shows how two male hippo advance slowly towards the lions, followed by two females.

"His mouth was open wide trying to intimidate the pride. The male lions were not too worried about the hippo but the lionesses and cubs were uncomfortable with his presence and kept a distance from this massive beast.

The male lions stood their ground, but I was wary of the situation not knowing what might happen.

"Obviously because they were hungry they were not eager to leave the carcass. Everyone knows that hippos have a main diet of mostly grass, although I've seen them some years back, hippos chewing on a waterbuck carcass.

"I applauded him for his tenacity as he didn't budge an inch and was not intimidated by them at all. In fact, it was as if they were all smoking a peace pipe and having a great lunch together. I realized then that this sighting was not just rare but pure gold as lions on a kill wouldn't ever allow other animals to come closer than 70m.

"I think throughout the history of our safari fraternity, I have been the only one to have witnessed something like this and consider myself to have been very fortunate indeed," says Radebe. 

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