“The Unforgiving Force: Lion Family’s Heart-Wrenching Destruction by a Too Strong and Mighty Hippo”


Although alone in the face of a herd of invading lions, the hippopotamus still scares away the enemies and flees from the swamp.

Photographer Jan Hrbacek captured the scene of a giant hippo rushing towards a lion group of three large males from across the lagoon in the Chobe National Park in Botswana, the Sun reported yesterday. According to Jan, the lions come here to drink, much to the displeasure of the hippo. It rose out of the water and chased the lion away.

Hippos live in sub-Saharan Africa. Hippos are half aquatic, half terrestrial, inhabiting the rivers, lakes and mangrove swamps of West Africa. The male dominates a section of the river and leads a herd of 5 – 30 females and their young.


Hippos are one of the most aggressive animals in the world and the top of the group of dangerous animals in Africa. They are especially aggressive when it comes to territorial encroachment and competition for mates. The jaws of a hippopotamus can crush a 3-meter-long crocodile. Despite having a large body and short 4 legs, hippos easily accelerate to 48 km / h and overtake humans. As the third heaviest land mammal, the male hippopotamus can reach 1.8 tons in weight and 5 meters in length.


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