A Peak into the Life of the Hippopotamus

Foraging Hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius)
Kruger National Park, South Africa; AUG 2016

A Peak into the Life of the Hippopotamus

When I see pictures of the hippopotamus, it is usually the 2 iconic images: just the nose, eyes and maybe ears sticking out of the eater or just a little of the body above the waterline and with Oxpeckers on its back. I was recently going cleaning and organizing my photo library and took a new look at the images from our Africa trip 3 years ago. In it, was a good collection of hippos in the routine activities of their daily life. So, I thought I’d share them with you.

Some of the images involve a battle over a water hole. Watching that battle unfold was one of the most fascinating events I ever witnessed. I’ve observed that when deer, antelope, sheep and goats battle, it involves locking horns and pushing back and forth until one succumbs and backs off. The hippo battle was similar. They open their mouths wide and attack then push back and forth until one succumbs. But, it also has some similarities to the sumo wrestling I have seen. Two large, muscular, creatures embracing in battle for short periods, back off for a short while, then go at again.

The Red-billed Oxpeckers in the photos are feasting on the bugs in the hippo’s wounds.

Note: Please click on caption to see image at higher resolution.

Resting Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)
Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa; AUG 2016
A Pensive Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)
Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa; AUG 2016
Don’t Mess WIth Me; Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)
Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa; AUG 2016
You’re in My watering hole; Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius)
Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa; AUG 2016
The Face Off; Two Hippopotamuses Ready to Fight Over Water Hole
Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa; AUG 2016
The Challenge; Two Hippopotamuses Ready to Spar
Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa; AUG 2016
This Round is Underway; Two Hippopotamuses Fighting Over Water Hole
Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa,; AUG 2016
The Round Continues; Two Hippopotamuses Continue to Spar Over Water Hole
Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa; AUG 2016
Attack and Defense; Two Hippopotamuses Continue to Spar Over Water Hole
Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa; AUG 2016
The Vanquished Hippopotamus Departs;
Two Hippopotamuses Continue to Spar Over Water Hole
Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa; AUG 2016 #Photography
Battle Over;
Hippopotamus with Red-billed Oxpecker ;
After many rounds, the battle is over, the challenger is vanquished.
Elephant Plains Game Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa, AUG 2016
Hippopotamus Foraging on Land – P2
Kruger National Park, South Africa; AUG 2016
Sunbathing Hippopotamuses
Kruger National Park, South Africa; AUG 2016
Hippo in Reflection
Kruger National Park, South Africa; AUG 2016

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