Grumpy Elephant Tries to Stab Baby Hippo

An obviously grumpy elephant is in a river with what looks like 25+ hippos and crocs. He tries very hard to chase all of them away, even kicking some!
As the elephant causes pandemonium, a baby hippo finds itself stranded along on the bank. The elephant sees this baby and does the unthinkable! It heads straight towards the baby and starts attacking it!

This one of a kind interaction between an elephant and hippos was captured by 57-year-old ex-security professional, Gordon Crundwell, while on safari with his wife near Shingwedzi, Kruger National Park.

Gordon tells the story: “We stopped at the viewpoint and noticed that the pool was full of hippos – over 25 of them, and also many crocodiles were laying on the bank. We watched an elephant come down to drink in the pool, but he seemed to get upset with the hippos and got into the water and started chasing them.”

“The elephant was getting more agitated and started thrashing and trumpeting, causing chaos in the pool. The elephant started chasing all the hippos out of the pool. During the commotion, a baby hippo was left alone on the sandbank. The elephant walked towards the baby and started pushing it around with his trunk, he then threw the baby in the air further up the sandbank!”

“Luckily he left the baby hippo alone and returned to the water where he continued to trumpet and thrash the water around. The action did not stop there, the baby hippo seemed okay and returned to the water where he then followed the elephant. While the elephant was getting out of the water the baby hippo was nipping at his rear foot – this seemed to further agitate the elephant who then tried to kick the baby hippo away.

“The baby hippo continued to follow the elephant out of the water where a rock blocked what appeared to be another angry attack on the baby hippo – the elephant lost interest quite quickly and walked away.”

“While the elephant was causing such a commotion, the crocodiles were feasting on the fish that had been chased onto the bank.”


“In over 50 years of visiting game parks, I have never seen an elephant and hippo interaction like this! If you see something different going on, keep the camera rolling as you never know what you might capture!”

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