Hippo Fight

by bob Shepardson
(DeBary, Florida U.S.A.)

Here they come

Here they come

Here they come
Stay away
The fight is on
Lots of splashing

Sherry and I were visiting the Ntandanyathi hide near Lower Sabie this March, When we observed an interesting behavior. The water in front of the hide was much higher then in the past due to the recent rains. There was a group of hippo in front of the hide and a second group a couple of hundred yards to the right. They were making noises back and forth. The group on the right then started toward the group in front of us. (photo one) The large animal below us then started to deficate with his tail spinning in a rapid circle. Sending smelly excrement all over. (not on us!)(photo 2) I believe this was a territorial warning sign. This did not stop the movement of the group on the right. The fight then started see photos 3 and 4. It only lasted a minute or so when the groups seperated and returned to their starting positions. There was a lot of noise and splashing, but I don't believe any one was hurt. Interesting to watch though.

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Apr 19, 2012
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So something does happen at that hide!
by: Amos

We have visited that hide between Lower Sabie and Croc bridge often and have never seen anything happening so good job getting these photos.

Apr 17, 2012
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Nice one
by: Jenny

This was a nice interaction between two groups, this is how some hippos end up dead. Glad you got to see and photograph their behaviour.

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