Watch This Elephant Make a Mistake Going Through Hippo Territory With More Than 50 Hippos

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: December 4, 2023

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elephant messing with hippos in Amboseli National park in Kenya
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When you have somewhere you need to go, it is simple to get into your car, plane, or boat and travel there. Well, animals don’t have that luxury. When they need to find new territory or cross a dangerous river, they must walk across. Let’s see how dangerous this journey was for this elephant in the video posted at the top.

Elephant and Hippo Sighting in Tanzania

The YouTube video posted at the top of this blog post takes us to the land of Tanzania. This country is home to about 430 different mammal species. This includes approximately 60,000 of the largest animals on earth, the African elephant.

As the video starts, we see a watering hole filled with hippos. They can be referred to as a bloat, pod, or a herd of hippos. And this African elephant is attempting to cross straight through. 

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As the elephant moves through, we see a hippo following behind and attempting to bite the elephant on the rear end. This is not an aggressive bite as if he wishes to eat him. Hippos are herbivore eaters who feast on grasses, flowers, and grain. This is merely this hippo’s attempt at telling this elephant he has no place here and needs to move along.

At 1:01, we see the elephant almost made its way across the water when the hippo behind him comes in for one more bite. The massive elephant lifts his leg and pushes the hippo in the face without turning around. We hear the sound of the people filming break out in laughter as the hippo finally turns around and decides to leave this elephant alone. 

Do Hippos Have a Predator?

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Hippos can live up to 50 years in the wild.


When we look at animals in the wild that have predators, we see prime examples of those who are stronger and more agile than they are. However, in the case of hippos, it’s difficult to imagine predators for animals who are so strong, big, and aggressive.

The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) is a very aggressive mammal that will defend its territory till their dying breath. They weigh up to 10,000 pounds and reach over 16 feet in length. It makes them a formidable opponent in a fight on land or water.

However, some predators, such as lions, will take down a hippo. But we must remember that this usually talks about a young hippo calf that has found itself alone or an older hippo that can’t defend itself very well. The last thing to remember is that it would take more than one lion to take down even a hippo calf! 

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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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