This dramatic clash was recorded in the Maasai Mara National Park (Kenya).
In the clip, a lioness is approaching to attack a hippo sleeping in the meadow. When it discovered this was a formidable opponent, it turned and left.
The appearance of the stranger immediately woke the hippo. While the lion was caught off guard, the hippo suddenly charged and attacked the lion with a bite to the head and slamming to the ground.
Before the enemy’s surprise attack, the lion was completely passive and could only react weakly.
In the end, it was lucky to escape death when the hippo gave up the attack and moved in another direction. This is definitely a life lesson for lions when intending to quarrel with hippos.
Hippos are large animals, ranking as the third largest land mammal today, after elephants and white rhinos. They can reach 3.3 to 5 m in length and up to 1.6 m at the shoulder. The average female weighs about 1,400 kg, while the male weighs between 1,600 and 4,500 kg.
Hippos are one of the most aggressive creatures in the world and are often viewed as one of the most dangerous animals in Africa as well as in the world. Hippos are especially aggressive when it comes to trespassing their territory and touching their offspring.
As Africa’s fiercest animal, the hippo’s jaws can crush one or two crocodiles about three meters long. Their ferocity is stronger than any large animal. They have an average weight of up to 1.5 tons and teeth with the strength of a large sledgehammer.
Despite its short body and four short legs, hippos can reach speeds of up to 48 km/h and easily surpass humans.
Usually lions and hippos rarely clash because their territories are different. Besides, the power of hippos always scares other animals in Africa.