Hippos fight off crocodile attacking a gnu and escort himl to safety

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  1. Hip hip hooray! Hippos fight off crocodile attacking a gnu and escort the animal to safety

    • Israeli photographer Vadim Onishchenko, 34, captured rare moment
    • He saw a bloat of hippos help the animal in its hour of need
    • It happened on the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya

    This is the amazing moment a heroic hippo saved a gnu from certain death.
    After being bitten by a crocodile, the large antelope is seen being dragged slowly under the water.
    But just in time, a nearby hippo is seen making its way across the water to help the animal in its hour of need.

    In grave danger: The gnu struggling to get to the bank of the river is dragged back by the crocodile

    The incredible rescue happened on the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya

    The gnu is getting weaker by the second but the hippos are closing in
    After chasing the giant crocodile away, the unlikely hero is then seen guarding the creature and even nudges the gnu to the edge of the river in effort to move it out of harms way.
    The jaw-dropping moment stunned onlookers including Israeli photographer, Vadim Onishchenko, 34, who managed to capture the rare moment on camera.

    Captured whilst on safari in Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya, the exhausted antelope later managed to escape to safety.
    Onishchenko said: '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.

    Another hippo notices the struggling animal and makes its way through the water

    [​IMG]Watch out: The hippos group round the struggling gnu as the croc clings on

    More hippos join and the herd scare away the crocodile as it slips beneath the murky water

    In its panic the gnu ends up swimming further back into the water, with the crocodile holding on tightly, it is now the hippo begins to intervene

    The gnu struggling to get to the bank of the river is dragged back by the crocodile, a hippo is also seen strafing both animals
    'I have heard of cases where the animals instinct is to protect the other species, I think the hippos 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.
    'I was shooting the scene from our vehicle for more than two hours.

    The hippo is seen in this video nudging the gnu on the to bank of the river

    One of the biggest hippos protects the gnu as it makes its way back to the shoreline, guarding it from any further attacks


    Thanks bud: Back at shore, a hippo eyes the gnu it helped save
    You're welcome: One of the biggest hippos is seen guarding the gnu, encouraging it to leave the water
    'We saw the gnu escape the water but it stood there for quite a while as I think it was in shock.
    'When we left the animal was still ashore and seemed uninjured but we had to leave as it was getting dark.
    'Even our safari guide was stunned by the hippos behaviour, he said he had never seen anything like it before.
    'It was certainly an unforgettable moment, I feel honoured to have seen such a spectacle.'
  2. wow, that is crazy!

    I know Hippos are incredibly dangerous, who knew they had such a sweet side for the antelopes!?
  3. who knew!? So cute!
  4. :smile:
  5. Aww
  6. I love reading stuff like this. Finally some joy! :smile:
  7. Aww.