Watch the moment that a hippo made the move to save a gnu from a crocodile and certain death.
The Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya was the backdrop for an amazing river rescue when a group of hippos decided that a hungry croc wouldn’t dine on a fellow animal.
Israeli photographer Vadim Onishchenko was the man on the spot when a gnu crossing a river was attacked by a crocodile.
Onishchenko was quoted as saying “I have heard of cases where the animal’s instinct is to protect the other species, I think the hippo’s parental instincts took over. The hippos are probably the only animal not afraid of the crocs and I would even say the hippo is the only animal the crocodiles are afraid of”
Here’s the video that was taken:
Once the crocodile made its move, the gnu was seemingly done for.
Enter the brave, albeit humongous, hippos to save the day.
With the gnu getting weaker by the minute, the pod of mighty hippos closed in to chase the enormous croc away.
Once the coast was clear, one hippo remained to watch over his animal brethren to make sure that the offending (but hungry) reptile stayed away for good.
“It was an incredible moment, the hippo actually tried to push it out of the water and then guarded the gnu to prevent the crocs getting close” said Onishchenko.
Even the veteran safari guides were stunned by what they had witnessed.
The Israeli photographer said that he spent over two hours shooting the entire event from the safety of the safari vehicle.
Pictures via Daily Mail