WATCH: Wild dogs and a hippo battle it out in a watering-hole war

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A hippo tosses an impala after grabbing it from a pack of wild dogs. Source: Latest Sightings
  • Guides at a nature reserve were stunned last week when they saw a hippo take on a pack of African wild dogs, who were trying to kill an impala in the water. 
  • In the end, the hippo killed the buck in dramatic fashion. 
  • South Africans can go on virtual safaris during lockdown, or keep watch at watering holes via webcams. 
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In an almighty water-logged battle, a pack of wild dogs got tangled up with a hippo, and hyenas, last week.

The video – filmed in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve near the Kruger Park – was published by the popular wildlife website, Latest Sightings, on Tuesday. Latest Sightings shares videos captured by visitors to South Africa's game reserves.

You can watch the video here:

Francois Pienaar, a field guide at the reserve, was one of two people who captured the scenes in and near a large watering hole.

From his vantage point, he saw a pack of African wild dogs catch an impala, while having to fend off hyenas trying to steal the catch from them.

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“On the banks we saw another impala trying to hide from the dogs and when she was finally noticed, she jumped into the water, trying to escape the predators. This is also what aggravated the hippos with all the commotion going on around them.

“What blew our minds was the wild dog jumping into the water trying to reach the swimming impala while the hippo fought off the other dogs on the bank.”

The wild dog grabbed the impala behind the head and dragged it under the water – as one hippo approached rapidly.

The wild dog left the impala, but suddenly, the hippo flung the impala into the air, instantly killing it. This left all the human onlookers in shock, says Pienaar.

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Photographer Rogan Roams also witnessed the battle.

“Everyone on the scene was waiting in anticipation, to find out if the impala would somehow escape, or if the wild dogs will end up having a victorious breakfast, but what happened next [when the hippo lunged at the impala], left everyone surprised!” 

For those who miss the call of the wild during lockdown, many South African game reserves now offer virtual safaris, including Shamwari Private Game Reserve, which will take you on a game drive. 

See also: You can go on a virtual South African safari to spot the 'Big 5' in real-time from your couch

There are also livestream webcams available at SanParks reserves, and at other places around South Africa.

See also: Mountains, waves and watering holes: The best South African live streams to watch during lockdown

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