While seeing wild animals in their natural habitat can be a rewarding and unique experience, getting on the wrong side can quickly become frightening. Something similar happened recently in Zambia, when tourists were chased by a hippo in the water!
Contrary to what most people on social media believed, the animals are neither docile nor gentle but quite aggressive, and the video shot by a man identified as Brandon Reed just proved it. In a video shared by a travel agency on Twitter, the clip began with tourists enjoying a beautiful speedboat ride against a scenic backdrop, while a few hippos were resting in the distance.
However, suddenly one of the animals loaded the boat. Looking restless, the hippo targeted humans in its territory, leaving vacationers terrified. Many on social media expressed shock, saying the heavy animals were so nimble, with many comparing him to a dolphin.
Fortunately, the tourists escaped unscathed and the animal gave up after chasing them for about 200 meters, according to the publication. The shocking incident happened in Livingstone over the weekend. Watch the video here:
My wife and I were chased by this hippo in Livingstone last weekend. Chased us for 200m
Subject: Brandon Reed.
– Lembani Travel (@LembaniTraveler) May 28, 2021
Many on social media were surprised to see the huge animal moving at such a high speed, with most saying they didn’t think hippos were scary. Many also mentioned how surprised they were to see the wild animal “swim” so well.
However, many animal experts have explained that the animal cannot swim due to its heavy weight and pushing down the river bed to gain momentum in the water. Many have also pointed out that it is one of the most dangerous animals, believed to kill nearly 500 each year.
Real horror movie shit – don’t know why people fear sharks hippos will seriously take you out! https://t.co/hgRuypMaDI
– Terran (@ziyatong) May 31, 2021
I’m renaming Butterfly Stroke as Hippopotamus Chase – so sleek, so fast, and so scary! https://t.co/HVQgnN6iC1
– Gautam Chikermane (@gchikermane) May 31, 2021
Hippos swim the butterfly? https://t.co/o5zv5DVUme
– Dr. Karen Grépin (@KarenGrepin) May 31, 2021
I would have SCREEAAAAAMED! https://t.co/b03GLRddSP
– Jordan Crucchiola (@JorCru) May 29, 2021
Okay, I had to dig on YouTube to see what was really going on with the hippos in the water. Apparently they can’t even swim. They are so strong and muscular that they sink to the surface, run on the ground underwater, and jump to the surface when chasing something. https://t.co/iZjWIH3zgK pic.twitter.com/lz5wQlGO5A
– Matthew A. Cherry (@MatthewACherry) May 30, 2021
I accuse Madagascar of making me believe they were cool https://t.co/17YFXgEp1u
– (@ lmgm0401) May 31, 2021
I’m sorry but I would lose my shit if I saw Gloria from big heavy ass from Madagascar bouncing in the water like this as she walks up to me https://t.co/A9qZ2MYLd5
– permanently high (@BhadDhad) May 31, 2021
Why did they name this butterfly when it is clearly the hippo ???? https://t.co/UbnN0n1GTK
– ᴱˡᵐᶦ💚🤍❤️ (@AyniElmi) May 28, 2021
I didn’t know they swam like this. Are you sure it’s not just a big dolphin 🤔
-Aaron (@ chibikuma83) May 30, 2021
And sacred pimp! I always thought they were heavy bags too big to move. ??
– FreeSpirit 🌊 🏳️🌈 (@ aftertherain141) May 29, 2021
Crazy. I thought these things were humble
– Mariaaa (@MariaIMsoberr) May 29, 2021
I had NO idea that hippos could swim like this! They never showed that on the animal planet. I thought they were friendly animals.
– TwinkleStar (@ 11Twinkle11) May 29, 2021
glad you survived to post this. hippos kill more people than any animal in the entire universe. What I have never seen before is this threatening butterfly stroke …
– T Shoko (@shoko_tin) May 28, 2021
It had to happen. pic.twitter.com/AzOIIxDV1B
– Crazy Eyed Goat (@CrazyEyedGoat) May 30, 2021
I knew hippos are aggressive, but I didn’t know they could move so fast in water.
– Chuck Baer (@Cleverchuckpun) May 29, 2021