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05/24/2013 08:20 am ET

'Swimming With Monsters': Team Gets Charged By Angry Hippopotamus (VIDEO)

Monster Week continues on Animal Planet with Steve Backshall "Swimming With Monsters." The wildlife expert and his crew traveled to southern Africa to get Steve the chance to swim with hippos.

The hippopotamus is one of the most terrifying animals for Steve, but he wanted to be one of the first research missions to get underwater footage of the animals. It was a dangerous mission as hippos can be unpredictable and very dangerous. If they feel their territory is being invaded, they'll charge in an instant. And despite their size, they can move very fast.

While they did agitate their targets, Steve's determination won out in the end. He became one of the few people to ever see a hippo walking underwater, which he called '"totally shocking."

He's lucky he didn't end up like on African tour guide who recounted a harrowing story of surviving getting swallowed by a hippo from the waist up. Dangerous hippo encounters regularly make headlines. That's why Channel Guide Magazine is grateful for guys like Steve sharing their experiences during Monster Week. This way the rest of us can live vicariously through their adventures from the safety of our hippo-free living rooms.

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