Aggressive Territorial Hippos Intervene In a Crocodile Attack on a Wildebeest and Inadvertently Save Its Life!

Written by Hannah Crawford
Updated: October 25, 2023
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We see instances time and time again of animals intervening to help their friends or even their own families from danger. But, in the case of the video shown below, we see animals that are not related to each other in the least, but for some reason, they decide to step in and save the day!

Wild Animals Sighting in the Kruger National Park

The next YouTube video posted at the bottom of this blog post takes us to the Kruger National Park in South Africa. This video was filmed on an African safari by “Chasin’ Africa Safaris.” The Latest Sightings YouTube channel picked this video up and shared it on their page. They share a short description of what happened in the video below. 

“An unsuspecting group of wildebeest sauntered down to the water’s edge for a drink when a huge crocodile jumped right out and immediately grabbed one of the wildebeest, keeping its jaws locked on the animal’s head. The next moment another croc raced in to try and get something off the menu. The hippos close by seemed to be very perturbed by what was happening and it looked for a moment as if they also wanted to join in on this kill. They kept the wildebeest surrounded and it all looked like a pretty hopeless situation.”

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Hippos Save the Day

Group of Hippos in the water

Currently, hippos are confined mostly to protected areas, and over the past 10 years their populations have declined by 7-20%

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At the start of this video, we see a variety of animals that are down by the Gezanftombi Dam near Crocodile Bridge. We see a large group of hippos, several wildebeest, zebra off in the distance, and even crocodiles lurking in the water below. 

Suddenly, at 18 seconds, we see a crocodile viciously grab a wildebeest from the shoreline. A second crocodile comes out to help. These crocodiles push the wildebeest further into the water so that they can drown this wildebeest and take it to their territory. 

Abruptly, a team of hippos all emerge from the shoreline and swim right out to these crocodiles. They are not fearful to approach them and let them know they need to leave this wildebeest alone. 

What Do Crocodiles Eat?

Crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) of the genus Crocodylus are large reptiles. These reptiles weigh anywhere from 40-2,200 pounds. They can also have lengths between 5.5.-23 feet long. These beasts have practically impenetrable scales. Some places even call their scales armor because of how tough it is. 

This gives them the ability to successfully hunt down large prey such as wildebeest, deer, and buffalo. However, they are also known to dine on fish and crustaceans as well. 

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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