By Josie  January 23rd, 2024

Tiny Baby Elephant Takes on Massive Hippo

This extraordinary wildlife footage showcases a cheeky baby elephant daring to confront a massive hippo.

The young (and too-confident) elephant is seen approaching a massive hippo submerged in water.

Adult elephants, particularly African bush elephants, can reach lengths of up to 24 feet and weigh as much as 14,000 pounds.

In contrast, hippos, despite being one of the largest land mammals, are much smaller, with a length of about 14 feet and a weight of up to 4,000 pounds.

However, a baby elephant, typically weighing around 300 pounds and standing about 3 feet tall, is no match for a hippo.

The Footage

We can’t help but fear for the baby elephant’s life as the hippo opens its mouth wide, but thankfully, the hippo decides to back off.

Despite their often docile appearance, hippos are considered one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.

How Dangerous Are Hippos?

They are highly territorial and aggressive, especially when disturbed or threatened.

Hippos have been known to attack boats and humans with little provocation, making any encounter with them potentially perilous.

Baby elephants are not just adorable; they are also highly intelligent. Elephants have an extremely high level of self-awareness, display empathy, and can even use tools.

Baby Elephants: Intelligence

That being said, this tiny baby elephant who takes on a hippo is still learning – its naive curiosity could’ve easily cost it its life.

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