Hippos are highly territorial mammals. A male hippo often marks his territory along a riverbank from which to draw in a harem of female hippos, while defending it against other male hippos. On this occasion, a young male hippo, entered the main dam and was challenged by the dominate bull. Although we did not see the battle, we could see the lifeless body of the young hippo on the side of the river bank. The result of the soaring heat had taken another life in the Timbavati!
Although this young bull tragically lost his life trying to search for water, his body has provided other animals with a source of food. As we arrived at the dam the following day, the body was being eaten by a clan of 15+ hyenas whilst a venue of vultures were waiting close by for their chance to get in on the action.