If you think hippos are the couch potatoes of the animal kingdom enormous, sure, but otherwise docile and harmless — think again. They might look like bathtubs with legs, but the hippo is one of the most aggressive animals on earth.
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A FACE-OFF between a pack of wild dogs, an antelope and a hippo revealed the ugly side of nature.This antelope is being ganged by a pack of wild dogs when the hippo came in for the rescue.Initially saved, the problem this time is the antelope being trapped in the pool of mud. The pack of dogs are still around waiting for that vulnerable moment to snatch their prey.
The sudden turn of event is jaw dropping. The antelopes savior, ultimately ended its life by savagely yanking the prey with its powerful jaws and leaving it for the pack of dogs to feast upon.Filmed at Mala Mala Game Reserve, South Africa, this wild encounter was snapped by quick thinking game ranger Pieter Van Wyk, 31.
Not for the faint of heart, the footage gives a gruesome glimpse into the realities of animal life in the wild.The hippopotamus is a highly aggressive and unpredictable animal and is ranked among the most dangerous animals in the world. Nevertheless, they are still threatened by habitat loss and poaching for their meat and ivory canine teeth.