Horrific pictures show the moment a baby hippo is brutally ripped to shreds by the rest of the pack
These shocking pictures show the horrific moment a baby hippo was viciously mauled to death by the brutal pack.
The gruesome images show the baby hippo, no more than two days old, being introduced to the rest of the pod by his proud mother but then the pod launch a harrowing attack.
The brutal beasts lunged for the helpless calf, tossing him about in the air like a ragdoll as blood spurted and guts went flying.
The bloodbath were caught on camera by James Wilson, on a weekend trip to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, while working in the safari industry in Botswana.
James said the traumatic scenes of brutal carnage looked like a calculated plot by the group of adult hippo to attack the defenceless calf.
He said: “We mostly see hippos lazing in the water with the cute tips of their ears and eyes poking out they’re seemingly lazy creatures.
“There had been an exception shortage of rain during the wet season, but the heavens opened for two consecutive days.
“We decided to set out for one of the many game viewing hides strategically placed above a waterhole.
“What transpired was a scene none of us had seen on safari before.
“It became apparent that a mother hippo, separated from the pod, was suckling her new-born calf.
“The mother usually isolates herself from the pod to give birth and slowly introduces the calf when she feels ready we were fortunate enough to arrive at that very moment, a special experience.
“Other members of the pod inquisitively made their way to the water’s edge.
“While the mother was protective of the calf, she made no obvious attempt to keep the younger hippo from coming too close as it wobbled precariously during its first few steps on land.
“For no apparent reason the mother began backtracking something was about to go down.
“What ensured was a scene of complete chaos that none of us expected after such a touching family moment.
“As if the incessant tapping of the rain drops had caused them to lose all sense of control they attacked the mother.
“Three adults launched themselves towards her and sent her fleeing for safety.
“The calf was left stranded on the other side while they continued to target the mother.
“Suspecting the calf might be in trouble we watched as a few adult hippo cornered the mother on one side of the waterhole, while about seven hippo began moving in on the calf.
“Chaos commenced once again as they simultaneously lunged for the helpless calf, flinging it into the air.
“This set off the rest of the pod as chaos turned to carnage and the small waterhole turned into a whirlpool of blood and drama.
“The mother watched helplessly as the entire pod attacked and slaughtered the calf.
“Each adult fought for their opportunity to attack the calf, pulling it from one side of the waterhole to the other.
“Even the most seasoned guides felt a little traumatised by the sight.
“We’re not sure exactly what possessed the hippo to do this but the point is that this is the reality that is life and death in the African bush.
“Although all a little startled by what we had just seen, we knew we had been fortunate enough to witness an incredible moment in nature.”