Spot the hippo – Hippo pops up to say hello from beneath huge pool of water cabbage!
This is the moment an enormous hippo popped up to smile for the camera – after lurking under a sea of water cabbages.
As the beasts surface after relaxing underwater, their heads are covered in water cabbage, giving them green crowns to camouflage them in their salad bowls.
The sleepy hippos also attract local birds which come to rest on them, but fly away quickly in a panic as soon as the giants start to threaten each other with their teeth.
German photographer Ingo Gerlach was at Governor’s Camp, a world-famous spot for tourists on the Mara River in Kenya, to capture the scene.
The 63-year-old, from Cologne, said: “The hippos always appear very comfortable at Governors Camp, but even so I can photograph a few strange things if I stay around for a few hours.
“In particular, when the hippos come back up after a long time under the surface, they have a little crown of water cabbage on their heads. Several birds also splash about in the water.
“All the birds want to eat the parasites that cling to the hippos, so you often get swarms of them flying around their ears.
“The hippos also like to threaten their neighbours with wide open mouths.”