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Mother hippo rescues a baby wildebeest in Kenya - African wildlife
A nearby female hippo caught sight of the struggling calf and nearby croc, and swam to his rescue. Guests watched anxiously for an intense fifteen minutes as she gently pushed the baby wildebeest to the shore where his mother was waiting -- a heroic and noble act by a notably aggressive animal. There's no actual proof that she's a mother hippo, but with maternal instincts like that, which stretched even beyond her species, I'm guessing that either she is, or she's going to be.
These touching photos were taken by the Sanctuary Olonana camp manager, who watched along with the guests and staff of the camp. I can only imagine the cheering when the baby wildebeest was finally brought to safety.
The hippo gently nudges the infant wildebeest out of the water:
[Photos courtesy of Sanctuary Retreats.]