This is the amazing moment a heroic hippo saved a gnu from certain death.

After being bitten by a crocodile, the large antelope is seen being dragged slowly under the water.

But just in time, a nearby hippo is seen making its way across the water to help the animal in its hour of need.

After chasing the giant crocodile away, the unlikely hero is then seen guarding the creature and even nudges the gnu to the edge of the river in effort to move it out of harms way.

The jaw-dropping moment stunned onlookers including Israeli photographer, Vadim Onishchenko, 34, who managed to capture the rare moment on camera.

Captured whilst on safari in Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya, the exhausted antelope later managed to escape to safety.

Onishchenko said: 'It was an incredible moment, the hippo actually tried to push it out of the water and then guarded the gnu to prevent the crocs getting close.

VIDEO The amazing moment hippos rescue a gnu from crocodile

Responses to "Hippos fight off crocodile attacking a gnu and escort the animal to safety (Video)"

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. Unknown says:

    was the gnu already injured that it could not get out ?

  3. aleks says:

    Did it make it out?

  4. Morgana says:

    They have good motives.

  5. Anonymous says:

    It looks like that animal was injured way too much to go on it's own. The hippos will leave it be after awhile and the croc will finish what it started. Poor thing, shock might help it coup.

  6. TonjaRoo says:

    Wild animals in Africa have more compassion in their hearts for their fellow creatures than most human beings do these days. Awesome to see, so sweet!

  7. Anonymous says:

    First off, hippos have only instinct. that is what protects their own baby. The hatred they have towards crocs is why this hippo is protecting the gnu. Again, people love to attach human feelings and thoughts to animals. They may have compassion, but i seriously doubt it. I sure wouldn't want to put it to the test. Hippos are exceptional creatures. Also the most dangerous.

  8. Anonymous says:

    OMG, do you not know that hippos will eat the contents of another dead hippo's stomach? This hippo is testing the waters to see if he can have this gnu for lunch. i did not see any help being offered. Stupid people all over the world.

  9. Anonymous says:

    People should actually READ and then they would learn the story. The gnu was bitten by the alligator, the hippo, chased the gator away then guarded the gnu and pushed it to safety. The gnu eventually escaped to safety. READ !!!

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