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Re: Hippopotamus

Post by Lisbeth » Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:48 am

Hippo takes over leopard kill

Posted on 16 August, 2019 by Flatdogs Camp in Animal Encounters, Destinations, Multimedia, South Luangwa, Videos, Wildlife, Zambia

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What do you do when a leopard kills a bushbuck in camp and then leaves the carcass during the day? Set up a camera trap of course!

At Flatdogs Camp we were excited to find a bushbuck carcass just 10 metres behind our main area. Suspecting that a leopard had made the kill, we eagerly set up our camera trap hoping to capture the leopard returning to the carcass during the night. We can safely say we got a lot more than we bargained for when we caught a meat-eating hippo in action!

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When sifting through the footage we were thrilled to see the young leopard return to her kill, where she continued to feed on the bushbuck. However, she was soon interrupted by a male hippo who scared her away and then began to feed on the carcass!

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Although there are several documented sightings of hippos eating meat, it is certainly rare to see this behaviour. Especially as there was still plenty of vegetation around for the hippo to eat.

Watching the hippo lick and pull at the meat was extraordinary as they are typically known as being herbivores, but it just goes to show you should always expect the unexpected out in the African bush.

WATCH: A leopard loses its kill as a hippo takes over (© Flatdogs Camp) If you want to see the video, click on the title!
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Re: Hippopotamus

Post by Klipspringer » Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:34 pm

Does the hippo really eat, I think it is only licking :-?

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Re: Hippopotamus

Post by Lisbeth » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:41 pm

It certainly does not have the teeth for eating meat. I am rather sceptical in regard to Hippos eating meat O**
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Re: Hippopotamus

Post by Richprins » Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:04 pm

A couple of instances before on this thread! ;-)
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Re: Hippopotamus

Post by Lisbeth » Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:07 pm

As far as I remeber there is no real proof.
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Re: Hippopotamus

Post by Richprins » Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:12 am

^Q^


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Re: Hippopotamus

Post by Lisbeth » Sat Oct 19, 2019 10:41 am

Rather unusual ^Q^ ^Q^
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Re: Hippopotamus

Post by Klipspringer » Thu Apr 09, 2020 10:20 pm

Watch this


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Re: Hippopotamus

Post by Lisbeth » Fri Apr 10, 2020 9:22 am

:shock: The hippos seem to be extremely jealous of their 'property' O-/
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Re: Hippopotamus

Post by Lisbeth » Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:27 am

Did you know........

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HIPPO'S CLOSEST RELATIVE? According to fossil records, blood proteins, molecular systematics and DNA the closest relatives of the hippopotamus are cetaceans: dolphins and whales.
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