Wildlife - carlos Antunes
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Devils Look

Kruger National Park, South Africa - August 2016


Heading back to the gate after a long day shooting in the southern part of the park, we had hoped to spot some leopards in the road between lower Sabie and Crocodile Bridge as it is quite common in these areas at dusk.

Instead of that, we spotted in the bush, a big male hippopotamus, quietly grazing, heading toward us.

I visualized exactly the picture I wanted, and waited for the warm tone of the last rays of daylight to illuminate his face, giving him a special contrast and an almost demonic look.

It is normal to see the hippopotamus out of water at night or at dusk, as they travel inland sometimes up to 10 km (6 mi), to graze 70 Kg (150 lb) on short grasses, for four to five ours each night.

While hippopotamuses rest near each other in the water, grazing is a solitary activity and hippos are not territorial on land. These are semi-aquatic animals, since they spend so much time in the water, as their skin is 6 cm (2 in) thick, so they to regularly moist their skin not to dry out, and maintain body temperature under the hot sun.
The word "hippopotamus" comes from the Greek word for "water horse" or "river horse."

These beautiful animals are the third largest mammals in the world (After elephants and whales), and they are considered to be one of the most aggressive animals.