A terrifying video captured the moment a raging hippopotamus gave a speedboat full of tourists a run for their money on Zambia’s Zambezi River.
The unhinged ungulate charged him and his friends on May 23 in what appeared to be the beast’s equivalent of a butterfly stroke, according to the South West News Service.
“It all started as a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River in Livingstone, Zambia. We were admiring a pod of hippos near our boat as we were making our way down stream back to the lodge,” said the tourist, who wished to remain anonymous.
“I took out my phone to record them in their natural habitat with the beautiful sunset over the Zambezi in the background. As we were passing the hippos, we noticed one go under. Little did we know that it was coming straight for us,” he said.
“As soon as it breached the water, we knew it wasn’t going to stop until we were well out of its way — it continued chasing us for about 200 meters until we were able to speed away to safety,” he added.
According to the report, hippos, which can grow to be 16 feet long and weigh more than 3,300 pounds, are responsible for the deaths of approximately 500 people each year.