A couple of weeks ago you may have seen the blog about the one-eyed leopard sharing a kill with some toothy crocodiles. Well, Kapani (who was first to blog about it) was not the only safari company at this unique South Luwanga scene: Kafunta River Lodge’s return guest René Krayss was able to capture an enormous hippo getting in on the action.
René and our guide Josephat, observed the leopard taking his share of the meal, slotting neatly in with the bask of crocodiles, as if he was just one of the reptiles. They decided to wait a little longer and were rewarded handsomely for it – a large hippopotamus emerged from the river and started nudging one of the crocodiles off the kill.
This is not an uncommon occurrence amongst hippos. Hippos have been observed protecting injured or vulnerable animals from predators such as crocodiles. The concerned hippo might not have deterred the crocodiles but its presence was big enough to rattle the one-eyed leopard, who promptly left.