WATCH: Hippo crosses main road, sends playing kids scattering

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Cape Town - Surrounded by the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, it's no surprise that the little KZN town of St Lucia is littered with hippo warning signs.

However, the general consensus is that these water-wallowing gargantuan prefer to stay submerged in the cool water during the day, then venture out into town at night, to snack on juicy lawns... and check out the scene, you know. 

So, when a large hippo recently waddled across the main road during broad daylight, residents were left a little shellshocked as a video posted to YouTube by Tracking the Wild seems to suggest.

WATCH: Hippo crosses the road in St Lucia, sends kids scattering 

The footage, filmed by a person in a vehicle passing by, shows the big guy crossing the road at a trot and stepping up onto a large lawn, that seems to be a popular spot for local kids to play.

To the soundtrack of shrieks, two boys are seen jumping out of a tree and running away.

While the video is undeniably rather funny, it is worth mentioning that hippos really are actually quite dangerous and lore has it that they are responsible for more human deaths in African than any other wild creature. In a recent incident, a ranger at a private park near Pietermaritzburg was rushed to hospital after a hippo attacked and almost bit his arm off

Another YouTube video posted in January this year shows a hippo, obviously angered by the disturbance, chasing after a speedboat in the Chobe River.  

Fortunately, the one that wandered into St Lucia for an afternoon of snacking seemed rather sedate, peacefully grazing on the patch of lawn as people watched from a safe distance. 

iSimangaliso is a huge wetland park and UNESCO world heritage site that covers 280km of coastline from St Lucia in the south to the South Africa-Mozambique border in the north. The park is home to approximately 800 hippo and about 1 200 crocodile.

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