Sunday, 20 April 2014

When two tribes go to war: Incredible moment legion of hippos turn and flee after stand-off with more than 100 crocs in epic Zambian river battle

PUBLISHED: 09:26, 16 April 2014 | UPDATED: 16:23, 16 April 2014

They are some of the most fearsome creatures to stalk the waterways of Africa.

But when a army of crocodiles got snap happy with a herd of hippos, it seems that the mammals were in no mood for a fight.

Wildlife photographer Marc Mol witnessed the ignominious retreat in a river at Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, where hungry crocs were preparing to rip one hippo to shreds.

Their victim lay dead on the muddy banks of the river, surrounded by the fearsome reptiles, while the rest of the herd turned tail. It would have been madness to stay and fight.

More than a hundred crocodiles descended on the river as the hippos ran, said Mr Mol.

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