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#1 Hloka

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 06:04 PM

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A Czech wildlife photographer has captured a rare - and particularly one-sided clash between a crocodile and a herd of hippopotamuses on the River Nile.

Vaclav Silha set up his camera in Serengeti national park, in Tanzania, to take snaps of 50 bathing hippos only to see a crocodile interrupt them.

"Mutual respect between these animals means fights occur very rarely," said Mr Vaclav, 45.

"One of the only reasons you might see a conflict is if the hippos have young and they think the little ones are under threat. That's exactly what happened here.
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"The incautious croc got too close to a female who had calves and the whole group gathered into a defensive circle around them. It was a strong message for the croc to clear off.

"I have absolutely no idea why, but the crocodile suddenly raced across the backs of the hippos. I think it might have panicked and thought it was a possible escape route. I couldn't believe my eyes.

"It was the worst choice the reptile could ever have made and it was definitely its last. The island of hippos suddenly erupted with teeth and all I could see was the crocodile being repeatedly crushed in their huge mouths."

Crocodiles have armour-plated bodies made up of tough skin and "scutes" bony scales on the outside of the body. But this particular beast's defences were no match for the hippos.

"I was lucky, because I was in the right place at the right time," said Mr Silha on his website after one of the shots was published in BBC Wildlife magazine. "The crocodile was not as lucky."

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 06:10 PM

WOW, I always thought that hippos were vegetarians.
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Posted 16 November 2009 - 06:21 PM

View PostHloka, on 16 November 2009 - 06:04 PM, said:

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A Czech wildlife photographer has captured a rare - and particularly one-sided clash between a crocodile and a herd of hippopotamuses on the River Nile.

Vaclav Silha set up his camera in Serengeti national park, in Tanzania, to take snaps of 50 bathing hippos only to see a crocodile interrupt them.

"Mutual respect between these animals means fights occur very rarely," said Mr Vaclav, 45.

"One of the only reasons you might see a conflict is if the hippos have young and they think the little ones are under threat. That's exactly what happened here.
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"The incautious croc got too close to a female who had calves and the whole group gathered into a defensive circle around them. It was a strong message for the croc to clear off.

"I have absolutely no idea why, but the crocodile suddenly raced across the backs of the hippos. I think it might have panicked and thought it was a possible escape route. I couldn't believe my eyes.

"It was the worst choice the reptile could ever have made and it was definitely its last. The island of hippos suddenly erupted with teeth and all I could see was the crocodile being repeatedly crushed in their huge mouths."

Crocodiles have armour-plated bodies made up of tough skin and "scutes" bony scales on the outside of the body. But this particular beast's defences were no match for the hippos.

"I was lucky, because I was in the right place at the right time," said Mr Silha on his website after one of the shots was published in BBC Wildlife magazine. "The crocodile was not as lucky."

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Posted 16 November 2009 - 10:27 PM

it was not swallowed, the hippo is just opening its mouth and the crocodile is at the other side, hahaha

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 07:06 AM

You can see the crocs body on the other side of the hippos head, she didnt swallow the croc, just bit the poor reptile...

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 07:40 AM

...hehehehehehehe.....what an interesting thread.....but l know hippos actually eat small fish..l got that from National Geographic

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 09:14 AM

Some weeks ago I watched a documentary which showed on tv about Hippos. It revealed that some hippos actually eat flesh & not just flesh but they can eat another hippo a well.

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Posted 17 November 2009 - 11:32 AM

View PostHloka, on 16 November 2009 - 06:04 PM, said:



Had I been there, I would have gladly passed the salt, I love Hippos, always been a fan! :)

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 06:56 AM

Very intersting thread... but also sad in that it exposes the savagery of nature

Something is seriously wrong in our world: all living creatures simply fight each other one way or another

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Posted 18 November 2009 - 09:14 AM

View PostRuffius, on 18 November 2009 - 06:56 AM, said:

Very intersting thread... but also sad in that it exposes the savagery of nature

Something is seriously wrong in our world: all living creatures simply fight each other one way or another


...l am very afraid of them crocs........they way they kill is vicious....at least this one got its own medicine...

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 07:15 PM

View PostRuffius, on 18 November 2009 - 06:56 AM, said:

Very intersting thread... but also sad in that it exposes the savagery of nature

Something is seriously wrong in our world: all living creatures simply fight each other one way or another



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But this is a good omen on the Zimbabwean political minefield.

I can see the Zanu PF crocodile being swallowed by seemingly humble people.
I sense a new order or rather the prosperous old order coming back again.

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Posted 19 November 2009 - 09:13 PM

I think Morgan looks a bit like a Hippo.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 02:21 PM

View Postzwe, on 19 November 2009 - 09:13 PM, said:

I think Morgan looks a bit like a Hippo.

Yeah ofcourse without teeth so is not dangerous to anyone, just a bit of a nuisance to the nation

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Posted 18 May 2010 - 02:11 AM

If only tht croc was Mugabe nhai.

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View PostChigwishu Kunaka, on 18 November 2009 - 09:14 AM, said:

...l am very afraid of them crocs........they way they kill is vicious....at least this one got its own medicine...

The crocodile was not eaten by the hippopotamus.  That would be impossible.  Just like everyone says here, it's a camera trick.
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Posted 21 May 2010 - 08:58 AM

Ko hippo inodyiwa here?Where can i buy the meat?Does it taste like pork?
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Posted 22 May 2010 - 01:29 PM

View PostMdala wema Cupfish, on 21 May 2010 - 08:58 AM, said:

Ko hippo inodyiwa here?Where can i buy the meat?Does it taste like pork?

it tastes like hippo... :D

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 10:23 PM

View Postsylvie, on 18 May 2010 - 02:11 AM, said:

If only tht croc was Mugabe nhai.


Ko kumbonyarara! :angry:
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Posted 23 May 2010 - 03:00 AM

Nhai.

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 08:42 AM

View PostBo Ska*z, on 22 May 2010 - 10:23 PM, said:

Ko kumbonyarara! :angry:


pfutseke...chakunetsa chii???

why don't you create your own forum if you can't handle it...idiot.



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