This ain’t Hungry, Hungry Hippos!
This is the spectacular moment an older hippo asserted its dominance by battling a younger rival who attempted to take over territory.
The stunning pictures were taken by nature guide Stacey Farrell during a safari in Northern Kwazulu, South Africa.
The elder set upon the new male at iSimangaliso Wetland Park after the latter took over the pod.
After constant probing by the younger bull, the elder hippo decided to retaliate.
They were both pictured thrashing in the water and snarling at each other in a brutal fight over territory
Tour guide, Stacey, 30, said: ‘This is usually a very playful and relaxed family with many youngsters.
‘A new male has taken over the pod and he is not tolerate of the youngsters and we often find him attacking them with absolutely no reason.
‘It is rather common for male hippos to attack offspring, especially males, as they see them as a threat to their family.’
Although it is not an uncommon occurrence for adult hippos to attack youngsters, these attacks can often be so serious that the youngsters are killed.
Stacey has spent the last 14 years working at the heritage site and often spends hours a day with the African mammals.
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