Remarkable Encounter: A Group of Daring Turtles Takes on a Massive Hippo
Despite being known as the most dangerous creatures in Africa, an audacious assembly of about 30 turtles dared to transform one hippo into a giant sun lounger. However, as the hippo shifted its position, the turtles lost their balance and tumbled.
Kruger National Park in South Africa witnessed an adorable spectacle as a colossal hippo, possibly weighing up to 2.5 tons, found itself ambushed by a multitude of much smaller pan-hinged terrapins after taking a brief bath.
The marshes and slow-moving rivers of South Africa serve as the habitat for an assortment of water-loving reptiles that enjoy floating just below the water’s surface or sunbathing on rocky surfaces. Hippos, known as “waterway wallowers” in Kruger National Park, are often seen in herds and are a common sight around most watering holes. However, they can sometimes be mistaken for gray boulders.
Even when they are casually floating beneath the water’s surface, their snouts occasionally resemble crocodile poses. But beware: if they open their enormous mouths and display their massive lower canines, it’s a sign they feel threatened.
Turtles, as amphibians, move very slowly on land but are exceptional swimmers in the water. These turtles undoubtedly experience dampness, making sunbathing a pleasurable activity for them. Instead of venturing onto dry land for sunbathing, turtles prefer to climb above the water to catch some rays.