A retired couple drove past an incredible sight and filmed it for the world to witness. A Wildebeest in the grips of struggle was saved Hippos.
Retired couple Mervyn Van Wyk and his wife Tokkie were driving along when they spotted and incredible sight. A battle between a Blue Wildebeest and a Crocodile.
“It was a fabulous Friday morning and at approximately 09:30 we were driving close to Transport dam on the on the H1-1, about 2 kilometres on the S66 between Pretoriuskop and Skukuza.”
“As we approached the dam we noted that blue wildebeest, zebras and impalas were happily grazing on the opposite side of the dam. I turned the car into position so that my wife had a clear view as she wanted to take a few pictures.”
“We happened to notice that one unlucky wildebeest was grabbed by a crocodile on his right rear hoof. This began a game of tug of war that lasted for around 8 minutes. The wildebeest would try dragging itself out of the water whilst the croc would pull it back in. You could see the exhaustion that the poor wildebeest was experiencing.”
Suddenly two Hippos approached and watched over the struggle for a few moments before making a charge in the direction of the Crocodile. Latest Sightings experts agreed that this was more a show of territorial behavior than a heroic action.
The Hippos territorial display gave the Wildebeest enough time to escape from the jaws of the distracted Crocodile. He stumbles out of the water and away from the predator. Sadly his hoof is badly mangled, so the circle of life will still prevail.
The optimist in me hopes that the Wildebeest can live life like a three legged dog but realistically he will feed the young of a Cheetah or pack of Lions. Thus is nature!