Sunbathing hippo ‘tans’ its pink belly

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This is the funny moment a hippo was pictured lying on its back with its legs in the air in what looked like an attempt to tan its bright pink belly.

The sun-loving hippo was an unusual sight as it floated on its back in the water.

Photographer Jackie Cilliers, 52, captured the funny moment on camera while on holiday with her family at Kruger National Park, South Africa.

Jackie and her daughter were in a hide, about 10 meters away when the hippo went belly up and she quickly started photographing the hippo in its unusual pose.

PIC BY JACKIE CILLIERS / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: A Hippo lies on its back catching some rays in the water.) - This is the funny moment a hippo was pictured lying on its back with its legs in the air in what looked like an attempt to tan its bright pink belly. The sun-loving hippo was an unusual sight as it floated on its back in the water. Photographer Jackie Cilliers, 52, captured the funny moment on camera while on holiday with her family at Kruger National Park, South Africa. Jackie and her daughter were in a hide, about 10 meters away when the hippo went belly up and she quickly started photographing the hippo in its unusual pose. But while it may appear this happy hippo was catching some rays it was actually rolling over in the water when Jackie spotted it belly-up. - SEE CATERS COPY

PIC BY JACKIE CILLIERS / CATERS NEWS – This is the funny moment a hippo was pictured lying on its back with its legs in the air in what looked like an attempt to tan its bright pink belly. 

But while it may appear this happy hippo was catching some rays it was actually rolling over in the water when Jackie spotted it belly-up.

She said; “The images show the hippo pushing off his friend, rolling over, relaxing on his back and yawning.

“The hippo risked being attacked by its mate whom it kept pushing on to turn over.

PIC BY JACKIE CILLIERS / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: A Hippo lies on its back catching some rays in the water.) - This is the funny moment a hippo was pictured lying on its back with its legs in the air in what looked like an attempt to tan its bright pink belly. The sun-loving hippo was an unusual sight as it floated on its back in the water. Photographer Jackie Cilliers, 52, captured the funny moment on camera while on holiday with her family at Kruger National Park, South Africa. Jackie and her daughter were in a hide, about 10 meters away when the hippo went belly up and she quickly started photographing the hippo in its unusual pose. But while it may appear this happy hippo was catching some rays it was actually rolling over in the water when Jackie spotted it belly-up. - SEE CATERS COPY

PIC BY JACKIE CILLIERS / CATERS NEWS – A Hippo lies on its back catching some rays in the water.

“At first I thought that it might be injured or ill, but it happened several times and remained stationery on its back for several minutes at a time.

“It seemed to enjoy being upside down.

“I was surprised and pleased with the images, as were the others in the hide, several people were chuckling at the antics.

PIC BY JACKIE CILLIERS / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: A Hippo lies on its back catching some rays in the water.) - This is the funny moment a hippo was pictured lying on its back with its legs in the air in what looked like an attempt to tan its bright pink belly. The sun-loving hippo was an unusual sight as it floated on its back in the water. Photographer Jackie Cilliers, 52, captured the funny moment on camera while on holiday with her family at Kruger National Park, South Africa. Jackie and her daughter were in a hide, about 10 meters away when the hippo went belly up and she quickly started photographing the hippo in its unusual pose. But while it may appear this happy hippo was catching some rays it was actually rolling over in the water when Jackie spotted it belly-up. - SEE CATERS COPY

PIC BY JACKIE CILLIERS / CATERS NEWS – The sun-loving hippo was an unusual sight as it floated on its back in the water. 

“What I love most is his pink tummy.

“I doubt I will ever see this again as it is the first time I or anyone I know has seen this.”