Babies, whether human or part of the animal kingdom, all tend to think they can take on the world - with little fear for the consequences of their actions.
As a result this cute altercation was captioned by Rainer Mauthe, during a day trip to Kruger in Mpumalanga.
The 44-year-old, self-employed owner of Zur Alten Mine guest farm says he took friends from Germany for a safari in the flagship national park when they came across this "funny little encounter between a young hippo and his not so welcoming neighborhood friends.
Mauthe shared the video with Latestsightings.com saying, "We entered through Phabeni Gate and slowly made our way down to Crocodile Bridge, where we stayed overnight just outside the gate.
"It was a rather quiet day, but we still enjoyed our time in the Park.
Approaching Lower Sabie the group stopped for a quick coffee and then decided to park for awhile at Sunset Dam.
"We thought there might be some action happening there because there were quite a lot of cars. As we were watching, many big crocodiles were lying in the sun on the bank. Suddenly, a cheeky young hippo came out of the water and started chasing the crocs around. It looked like he just wanted to play around a bit.
Mauthe says it was just so funny to watch this youngster having some fun with the crocs.
But the little guy was on a roll and he then decided to try his luck with a buffalo who came to drink at the dam.
"He seemed to approve of the buffalo but his luck turned on him as the buffalo chased him back into the water. He soon decided to go back to mommy!We’ve never seen a hippo getting so close to big crocodiles like that with no fear at all. It was a great sighting for us!”
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