WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A raging hippo gave a group of tourists a fright as they were taking a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River.
- The tourists were simply admiring a group of hippos when one hippo suddenly submerged itself.
- When it resurfaced, it started chasing the tourists’ speedboat for about 200 meters.
A group of tourists was having a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi River in Zambia when an angry hippopotamus suddenly charged towards their speedboat. The terrifying moment was captured on video:
The May 23 incident was captured by geography teacher Dicken Muchena, 27. According to a report from the South West News Service (SWNS), the hippo appeared to be swimming the butterfly stroke as it angrily charged towards them.
Muchena recalled that they were simply “admiring a pod of hippos” near their speedboat during “a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River in Livingstone, Zambia.”
They were already on their way downstream back to their lodge, so Muchena took out his phone to record the hippos “in their natural habitat with the beautiful sunset over the Zambezi in the background.”
“As we were passing the hippos, we noticed one go under,” he continued. “Little did we know that it was coming straight for us.”
He shared, “As soon as it breached the water, we knew it wasn’t going to stop until we were well out of its way — it continued chasing us for about 200 meters until we were able to speed away to safety.”
Hippos can reach up to an average of 16 feet in length and weigh up to more than 3,300 pounds. These massive beasts are herbivores, but they do not hesitate to kill anyone who intrudes upon their territory. Believed to be the world’s deadliest land mammal, they are responsible for the deaths of about 500 people every year.
Hippos can live up to 50 years. There are currently about 130,000 of them in the wild.
Source: New York Post