The gripping video shows a confrontational hippopotamus driving off a lion that was quenching its thirst at a lake. The lion is often hailed as the unrivaled “king of the jungle” for its formidable power and strength, and its roar instills fear in other animals in the wild. However, a recent viral video has prompted people to reconsider this long-held belief. The dramatic footage captures the hippopotamus assertively scaring away the lion from the lake.
The video has been posted on the Instagram page Latest Sightings – Kruger. The caption of the post reads, “Furious hippo confronts lion at its watering hole.” The event was filmed in South Africa’s Kapama Private Game Reserve.
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In the video, the lion can be seen taking a sip of water while standing at the shore of a lake. Meanwhile, an irate hippo is seen standing in the middle of the lake, keeping a watchful eye on the lion. Suddenly, the hippo charges towards the lion, causing it to flee. Towards the end of the clip, the lion can be seen running away from the aggressive hippo. Many internet users speculated that the hippo was trying to protect its offspring from the lion.
The video has received over 8,000 likes and more than 1.7 lakh views since it was shared. Instagram users expressed a mix of surprise and amusement, filling the comment section with diverse responses.
One user wrote, “That’s got to be the real king of the jungle…I mean if you have the ‘king’ running away like that, then shiiiid.” Another commented, “He just wanted to remind them who’s boss.”
A third said, “Lions are so sneaky. They will keep playing that game until that hippo moves deeper and deeper onto land! That’s why I prefer a dog over a house cat. What you see is what you get with a dog. Cats are always thinking five chess moves ahead!”
A fourth added, “Loving the bouncy strut back to the water.”
According to the BBC, the hippopotamus is the world’s deadliest large land mammal, responsible for an estimated 500 human deaths per year in Africa. Hippos are known for their aggressive nature and sharp teeth. Due to their need to stay submerged in water to keep their skin cool and moist, they typically inhabit areas with abundant water sources.
Rewritten Source: https://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/viral-video-angry-hippo-scares-a-lion-away-internet-asks-who-is-the-king-now-3829443