A South African welding inspector, Wikus Ceronie, got the fright of his life yesterday morning when an angry hippo attacked his car while crossing the Kruger National Park border.

Wikus was crossing the Jozini Dam, on his way back to South Africa from his first time ever working in Mozambique. He was cruising merrily along in his bakkie, enjoying a “jolly journey” when he came across the hippo on the bridge. He stopped, but it was too late. The hippo was annoyed.

The 26-year-old told LatestSightings.com: “There were people walking around in the nearby vicinity so I automatically assumed this hippo was used to humans. I was quite fascinated by this so I took out my phone to start filming.

“Suddenly the hippo turned and just started charging… I braced myself as I realised he wasn’t going to stop. He hit the bakkie head on and then tried biting it. I guess after that he decided he had won because he just turned around and left.

“This was terrifying for me because I realised I had nowhere to go and no time to do it in. Beside me was a 50m drop so had he hit me on the side I have no doubt the car would have rolled down the embankment. Even though there was damage done to the bonnet of my vehicle and the door couldn’t open, I’m grateful there were no serious injuries at the end of day.”

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