VIDEO AND PICTURES: There is a hippo in the Kwena!

LYDENBURG – Kevin Ruthven, well-know hike leader of Lowveld Hikers, got a hiking experience of a different kind when his path crossed with that of a hippo at the Kwena dam.

“I met oom Johan (Tokkelos) Liebenberg who lives in a wendy hut near the dam recently. He told me that he has seen a hippo in the dam. Of course, I did not take this seriously because what would a hippo do at this dam?”

Ruthven is currently training for the 2019 Munga, a 400km self-supported, single stage trail running race. “I was running around the dam wall and saw these huge prints. I noticed the cattle grazing next to the water and low and behold, there was the hippo happily grazing amongst the cattle.”

According to him, this is a huge and fully grown hippo.

Malcolm Bain of the Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Agency (MPTA) said that the reason the hippo sought out the dam could be because of food scarceness or that it was possible pushed out of the pod by another male hippo. “This hippo could have come down the nearest river when winter set in or it was expelled from the bloat. At the moment it is not a concern, but should it become aggressive, the necessary authorities will be notified.”

Ruthven shared his photos and video he took with the Steelburger/Lydenburg News:

 

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Narda Vermaak
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