Taken at Kruger National Park, South Africa

The north of Kruger holds some great spots and, oddly, there don’t seem to be too many people visiting them. Some of my favourite roads in this area follow the banks of the Limpopo River under the fever trees immortalised by Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories.”

Though the shores hold much of the wildlife, the river itself has as much to share. These hippos were a little separated from the rest of their pod and took advantage of the extra room playing happily. The bigger one seemed to be getting the littler one to respond the teeth baring yawns ‘he’ was giving. Unfortunately, they were not quiet with their play as waves rolled up and around the river banks, they also splashed the other pod members. One particular hippo was not happy about this and took action immediately rushing over and heading towards the pair. The larger one spotting this, placed him(her?)self between the oncoming member and the smaller one. The waves of the clash making the little hippo surf a few metres before returning to his friend and protector… to continue their ruckus.

As a tid-bit, for those that would like to find out how the elephant got its trunk on the Limpopo River the whole story is here: http://www.is.wayne.edu/mnissani/ElephantCorner/elechild.htm

–Alex Tweedie


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