Sep 18th, 2009 |
A lot of us sometimes forget that animal world is a lot more vibrant than we are taught, with interactions happening among species that in most ways are unrelated. Discovery Channel and National Geographic have made sure that we get more than our fill of cheetahs taking down gazelles and lions hunt antelopes… but interactions happen among all the animals of the Savannah, regardless of whether they are linked in the food chain. This is a quick story of what happens when elephants and hippos come to odds with each other.
1 A family of elephants arrives at the watering hole. A major river that has dwindled during Kenya's drought.
2 Tee-hee, elephants have cute knees. One of them climbs a ledge to get to the plants above.
3 Only problem, the watering hole is currently occupied by Hippos. And hippos don't share. Extremely protective of their land, hippos will attack anything that comes close to encroaching on their lands and are the highest human-killers of any animal in Africa.
4 The mother and child elephants attempt to make it onto the island. Affronted, the hippos gather onto their land as well and threaten the elephants with loud grunts.
5 Dissuaded, and not willing to risk the young in a fight, the elephants turn back. As you might guess, while elephants might have no natural predators, their young are the most vulnerable members of their herds.
6 The two turn back, and call for help...
7 ... and help cometh...! In the form of a massive elephant charging the hippos. You might have heard the term 'elephant in the room' to mean something that just can't be overlooked. But have you ever thought of what it would mean to see an angry elephant in the room? Not fun.
8 The hippos thought so too, and quickly scrambled off the island. You just don't mess with an elephant. Say what you want about lions, but even they couldn't pick a fight with a hippo. Elephants it seems, are the real kings of the jungle.
9 Just a close up of the chaos in case you wanted a better look. The hippos would spend the next few minutes staring at the elephants and grunting loudly.
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