Horrible moment when a hippo throws an impala over his head in a South African river after fighting hyenas and wild dogs
- The rare riverside battle of four species was filmed in the Kruger National Park
- A hippo fought African wild dogs and hyenas to attack the swimming impala
- Photographer Rogan Kerr and field guide Francois Pienaar made videos of it
A hippo fought hyenas and wild dogs before flipping a swimming impala over its head in South Africa.
Shocking footage shows the hippo fighting dozens of predators that had disrupted the river habitat in Kruger National Park.
The video, released yesterday, shows that the hippo shows its strength as spectators watch in horror.
Photographer Rogan Kerr and field guide Francois Pienaar made videos of the rare interaction between hippos, hyenas, African wild dogs and impalas.
A hippo throws an impala over his head after fighting off packs of African Wild Dog and hyena in Kruger National Park, South Africa
The hippo kills the swimming impala as a group of more than a dozen African wild dogs circle around it in the river
A lone impala desperately swims around in the water to find an escape route as the hippo lurks further afield.
Wild dogs wait at the water’s edge before the hippo emerges from the water to drive them off the impala, which the dogs chased there.
Another set of dogs enters the water as the hippo fights with more dogs and hyenas on a dirt track where a separate murder had been committed.
Eventually, the hippo returns to the water and attacks the impala, which was dragged underwater by a wild dog, and threw it dramatically over his head.
The hippo chases African wild dogs out of the water after chasing the impala into the river
Previously, the hippo fought hyenas and African wild dogs who were attracted to the weakened impala on a dirt track
Rogan Kerr, a photographer at Africa on Foot, said, “We had heard on the radio that there were dogs on the asphalt road, so we went straight there.
“When we saw the little impala in the water, it was buzzing with anticipation that a successful chase would go down, but my heart broke desperately in search of an exit strategy.
“It reminds us hard of the cruel nature of wildlife.
“Out of nowhere, a huge hippo jumped out of the still water, with jaws clinging to the poor impala and immediately pulling it out.”
The African wild dog orbits around on the waterfront as the hippo chases the impala swimming away
Told Francois Pienaar, a field guide in Kruger Kruger observations the African wild dogs then attempted to restore the impala, but failed.
He said, “The hippo threw the impala into the air, leaving everyone in the car in shock.
An incredibly special and rare sighting. Certainly, you don’t see interaction between hippos, hyenas, African wild dogs and impalas every day. ‘