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Kirst Joscelyne


At less than a year old, Kirst went to her family’s hut in the Greater Kruger National Park, and has been fortunate enough to continue to go there ever since. Sharing a passion for the bush with her family, led to countless trips ...

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on The Ntomi Male Bravely Attacks a Newborn Hippo Calf

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Wow incredible story!!!!

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WOWSA, what a unique sighting. So fortunate to see such a young calf and watch its mama take such good care of it. Hopefully the leopard will move on to easier prey. Hopefully the hippo is not easily caught in its claws and jaws.

What a unique sighting! I’m glad the hippo calf was ok, and the the Ntomi didn’t meet his end with the mother.

Hi Kirst! What an amazing sighting that was for you and guests. That little hippo calf was so tiny and normally wouldn’t have had a chance of survival had it not been for its mom that moved into action quickly, dashing Ntomi’s hopes for a meal. Perhaps he learned a lesson here…. I noticed that in the guest sightings box, it reads that I’ve not seen him and we know that isn’t true. Who do I contact? Happy winter and keep warm!

What a sighting! To see such a tiny, newborn hippo is already amazing. And to see a leopard attacking it, even more so. Luckily the mother was able to chase him away. If it had been a more experienced leopard, could he have taken the baby?

Thanks Christa, a newborn hippo calf weighs around 30-60kg which is definitely light enough for a male leopard to catch, but with the mother close by it would still be a challenge for it to get it away from its mother.

amazing to me that so soon after being born that little hippo is keeping his head up over the water! happy for the baby and that Ntomi didn’t learn a hard lesson!

Note to Ntomi – always check the size of the mother first! I bet he was also surprised at the speed of an adult hippo, lucky to get away safely.

For my wife and me it was an unforgettable experience to see this scene live. Thank you for the well written story. We are very happy that the hippo calf survived the attack.
Karl & Delia

An incredible sighting indeed, happy that you and Delia were there to experience it with us!

Hi Kirst,
yes it was great. I looked at my photos again. Couldn‘t it be that it was the Ximungwe young male? The dots on Ntomi and Ximungwe look the same to me and I can‘t tell them apart. How did you recognize Ntomi?

First, fascinating video of the baby hippo and it’s mother with the Naomi leopard lurking about.

Wow. The Ntomi Male was very brave to attempt this, very high risk high reward hunting, the mother Hippo was massive.

The other day I watched footage of 3 of the Mapogos drowning a baby Hippo on youtube, very brutal.

My word!! That’s the first footage I’ve ever seen of a leopard hunting a hippo calf!!

Hi Kirst, what stunning footage of the Ntomi male and the mother hippo and tiny calf. I don’t think he reckoned the huge size of the mother, and they can be very aggressive. But the little calf is too cute for words. Very glad the calf is still alive.

Thank you Valmai, the mother was indeed very protective over her newborn calf.

Wow! what a crazy sighting….these young male leopards are just so curious and always trying out their hunting tactics! Its all about exploration of their world….

Thanks Lisa, it is always an interesting time watching the young leopards explore their world.

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