Hippos: They’re cute, chubby whales, but you do not want to get on their bad side.
A South African motorist learned this the hard way when a hippo departed head-to-head with his station wagon near a bridge.
Video capturing his jolting meeting shows the bathtub-sized animal charging towards the figurehead of the man’s pickup, subduing it like tin foil.
“I braced myself as I realized he wasn’t going to stop, ” driver Wilus Ceronie, 26, told Latest Sightingsof Friday’s narrow escape. “He stumbled the[ truck] brain on and then tried piercing it. I suspect after that he decided “hes having” acquired because he only turned around and left.”
Ceronie said he had finished his first day working in Mozambique when he had the unlucky run-in driving back to South Africa.
He said he envisaged the hippo may be obedient with parties, since he saw a few walking around outside his truck, and paused to film the animal on his cellphone.
Hippos, while adorable seeming, are considered one of the most dangerous and aggressive mammals in the world. In addition to being able to having massive teeth that can reach 20 inches in length, they’re capable of billing up to 14 mph on land and are known to kill people if they experience provoked or threatened, according to the San Diego Zoo .
Ceronie appeared to understand exactly what a close call he had.
“Even though there was impairment done to the bonnet of my vehicle and the door couldn’t open, I’m grateful there were no serious injuries at the end of date, ” he told Latest Sightings.