A Hippo is startled by a Goliath Heron and takes evasive action to protect her baby


The Hippo is startled by the Goliath Heron and takes evasive action to protect its baby, the Heron flies on while the Hippo looks on.

May 2012, in Zimbabwe, we took a boat trip from Ruckomechi Camp Lodge on Lower Zambezi, we saw a huge Goliath Heron on an island preparing for take-off, we took pictures of him in flight until he reached a big female hippo. As he arrives flying beyond the hippo with her baby, the female hippo was suddenly aware of the danger, she comes nearer to her baby to protect him, she makes him hide into the water and for the Goliath Heron life goes on.

Marie-France GRENOUILLET, Wildlife Photographer

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Oct 10, 2012
Nice sequence
by: Jenny

It is always nice to hear what happens in the rest of Africa's parks. I love the sequence of pics because this tells the story. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Sep 26, 2012
Good sighting
by: Allan

Lots of excitement for the hippo while the heron is wondering what all the fuss is about!

Sep 20, 2012
Nice sequence!
by: Mario

Most people don't know that hippos kill the most people in Africa so they are very protective and agressive when there is danger - thanks for sharing.

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