A Crocodiles Feast
Out on morning drive, we came across a lagoon still filled with water and many different birds. After spending time identify all the bird species we could, we turned our attention to a large crocodile near a few hippos. Staring for a while, we soon realised that the crocodile had something in his mouth.
With binoculars, we were able to see that the crocodile had a baby hippo in its jaws. This was a strange scene as the crocodile was extremely close to two adult hippos, who were extraordinarily calm and not bothered with the crocodile.
We waited for a while to see if any action would happen. Generally, the hippos would be aggressive towards the crocodile and try and save the young. After noticing that the hippos weren’t affected by the situation, we started discussing the possibility that the young hippo may have died naturally, and the crocodile simply claimed the carcass. This could explain the calm hippos behavior. We left the area to return to camp for brunch.
After departing camp for the afternoon drive, we drove past the lagoon to see if anything more had transpired. Upon arrival, we could see that the hippos and crocodile were no longer in the same area. With binoculars, we scanned the lagoon for the hippo carcass and crocodile, but the water cabbage was making this difficult. After a while we started seeing movement in the lagoon – two crocodiles had started spinning. This process allows a crocodile to tear meat off a carcass and swallow.
The two crocodiles played tug of war for a short will, but the larger of the two managed to get himself the biggest piece and move off. We were very lucky to capture some images of the crocodile swallowing his prize.