A series of photos shows the heart-stopping moment a mother hippo saves her baby from being crushed by a giant elephant.
While on safari at Erindi Game Reserve, Namibia, photographer Quintus Strauss came across a newborn hippo playing with its mother and stopped to take a photo.
Within minutes, Quintus heard an angry elephant approaching the underwater hippo.
When starting to capture this scene, the photographer from Hoedspruit, Mopani, Zambia, witnessed the mother hippo come to the rescue and began to fight the giant mammal.
Thankfully, the mother could protect her baby and successfully fought the elephant – causing pain on its upper trunk.
Quintus said: ‘On the first day, early in the morning, we went to play games and returned to the motel for breakfast.
‘The restaurant overlooks the dam, and there was a hippo with a newborn.
‘After breakfast, I went to my room which also overlooked the dam, and uploaded my pictures from the morning.
‘Then I heard the elephant trumpeting and the water splashing, so I went to the balcony and saw the elephant chasing the mother hippo.
‘I went back, took my camera, and went out again and saw the elephant walking up to the baby and splashing it – then crouched down to take a closer look.
‘The mother hippo came back and got into a fight with the elephant – it protected her baby, and the elephant was injured in its upper trunk.
‘I think the hippo’s teeth got him.
‘Things were calm after that, and mother and baby went their own ways..’