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Horrific moment baby hippo is drowned by bull after fighting dad in battle for dominance


THIS is the horrifying moment a baby hippo is brutally attacked and drowned by a bull after fighting its dad in a battle for dominance.

The devastating clip shows the week-old hippopotamus clamped in the adult male’s jaw before being dragged and held under the water.

The bull sunk its teeth into the baby before submerging it under water

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The bull sunk its teeth into the baby before submerging it under waterCredit: mediadrumimages/@petergeraerdts/PeterGeraerdts
The huge adult swung the bloodied calf around during the attack

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The huge adult swung the bloodied calf around during the attackCredit: mediadrumimages/@petergeraerdts/PeterGeraerdts
The brutal attack was caught on camera in Zambia

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The brutal attack was caught on camera in ZambiaCredit: mediadrumimages/@petergeraerdts/PeterGeraerdts
The bull killed the tiny baby in just two minutes

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The bull killed the tiny baby in just two minutesCredit: mediadrumimages/@petergeraerdts/PeterGeraerdts

With its teeth sunk into the baby, the four-thousand-pound bull then cruelly swings the infant around.

The 14-foot-long adult again submerges the bloodied calf once, drowning it as other hippos watched on.

Weighing just 100 pounds, the baby was no match for the bull – thought to be at least six years old.

The murderous adult took just two minutes to kill the infant.

It is believed the savage bull had defeated the baby’s father in a battle for dominance, chasing off its rival before attacking the youngster.

Bulls often kill calves fathered by other males as part of a bid to mate with as many females as possible.

This is because without an infant suckling, the mother will be ready to mate again.

The brutal attack was caught on camera by safari guide and camp manager Peter Geraerdts, reports the Mail.

The 51-year-old, originally from the Netherlands, witnessed the assault at the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia in 2018.

It is believed the bull defeated the baby's father in a battle for dominance

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It is believed the bull defeated the baby’s father in a battle for dominanceCredit: mediadrumimages/@petergeraerdts/PeterGeraerdts
The young hippopotamus was just one week old

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The young hippopotamus was just one week oldCredit: mediadrumimages/@petergeraerdts/PeterGeraerdts





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