LADY: There is something going on under the water because she has bubbles in it. MAN: Oh that is coming out. Wow! MAN: Where is it swimming? MAN: Oh, oh that crocodile is going there. LADY: No way! Where is the crocodile?
MAN: Look, look.. There is a crocodile there, oh my god! LADY: Awh there is a crocodile there. COMM: In September 2016, this rare footage was captured of a hippo giving birth in the
Maasai Mara. The group of photographers had gathered to watch as migrating wildebeest
crossed the crocodile-infested waters of the Mara River. COMM: While following the wildebeest, they
came across a hippo with a guide, identified as being close to giving birth. MAN: How long does it normally take them to
give birth? LADY: I was going to ask that but then I thought
it might be a stupid question. MAN: That’s a good question.
WOMAN: No but sometimes… they’re so different, look. MAN: It depends. MAN: Anywhere between 30 minutes and two days. COMM: Hippos tend to breed only once every
two years, having one calf at a time. Their gestation period is usually around eight months
and catching sight of the birth is very unusual. LADY: There is something going on under the water because she has bubbles in it. You can
see it from her rear. MAN: Maybe she is just taking a big poop. COMM: Over the course of the next few hours,
a safari group waited as the hippo moved closer and closer to giving birth. At the same time,
herds of wildebeest around her attempted to cross the river without ending up in the jaws
of an awaiting crocodile. Some were less lucky than others. WOMAN: This is so sad. WOMAN: I just want the croc to have the tail and go chew on that. CROWD: (cheers) Yay! Yay! MAN: Where is that other huge crocodile still
down there, right? MAN: Oh that is coming out. COMM: Finally, the new baby arrived. MAN: Wow! MAN: Well done! MAN: Where is it swimming? MAN: Oh, the crocodile is going there. LADY: No way! Where is the crocodile? MAN: Look, look, there is a crocodile there. Oh my god! LADY: Awh there is a crocodile there. She is in between the crocodile and the baby. COMM: Thankfully, its parents stepped in to
guide their new arrival away. WOMAN: Oh my god! MAN: She’s taking her in the safe place. MAN: That’s crazy! WOMAN: This is insane! COMM: The safari group think the plentiful
food from the migration is what kept this baby hippo from being pursued aggressively
by the crocodile.