Hippo breaching surface

Caption: Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) breaches the surface in a threat display to show who’s the boss, Santawani area, Botswana.

The picture above is of a bull or male hippo. He, together with a female and youngster, share one of the pools in the Santawani area adjacent to Botswana's Moremi Game Reserve.

Although the photographer was parked some way from the water's edge, the hippo made it clear this was his territory, warning intruders to keep their distance.

Adult hippos are dangerous animals, particularly when threatened, and should not be underestimated because of their clumsy and lumbering appearance. They can outrun a human on land, so should never be approached when they're sunbathing on riverbanks or near the water's edge.

For more hippo pictures, see this selection of Hippo Prints and Posters.

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