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Hippo Charges At Tourists On Safari In Botswana's Okavango Delta (VIDEO) (GRAPHIC LANGUAGE)

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 04/ 6/2012 3:45 pm Updated: 04/ 6/2012 3:55 pm

Angry Hippo Charges At Tourists
A hippo charges at a group of tourists on safari in Botswana.

Armed with an erratic temper and deadly teeth, hippos have a well-earned reputation for charging at humans, especially if their territory is invaded.

And this angry hippo makes no exceptions for a group of tourists in this astonishing video.

Traveling in an open-roofed jeep, the group watches the hippo while driving along the African bush.

Then, without a moments notice, the animal barges toward them at an impressive speed, prompting someone to shout, "Oh s***!"

Remarkably, the group escaped without harm. But according to the YouTube description, it was quite a close call: The animal pierced a hole in the side of the jeep and almost took a chunk out of one tourist's leg.

The incident took place at the Okavango Delta in Botswana, notes the Daily Mail.

Adapted to both land and water, the creature is one of the most dangerous in the world, according to National Geographic.

In 2006, the hippopotamus was added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources's Red List of Threatened Species.

Deemed a vulnerable species by the IUCN, the animal has seen a 7 to 20 percent decline in population over the past 10 years, a drop largely attributed to poaching.

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