Two tourists in Kruger National Park captured this amazing footage of a three-way fight between a crocodile, hippo, and zebra on the banks of a local waterhole.
Paulien Francken and her partner were filming a peaceful scene at the waterhole, where zebra and wildebeest were drinking from the water’s edge.
Then, Ms Francken said, everything changed in an instant. “We were just relaxing and enjoying the view. All of a sudden, it’s still, complete still. You can feel something’s going to happen,” she said.
“We were wondering what was going to happen, because it’s really strange to see the hippos and the croc and the zebra all together,” said Francken. One of the hippos appears to “rescue” the flailing zebra from the crocodile, but then the embattled zebra finds that it too is on the receiving end of the hippo’s attack.
Hippos are extremely territorial animals, and have been known to take on any animal encroaching on their turf. They have also been seen attacking and killing antelopes and other herbivores.