Hippo found swim­ming in fam­ily’s pool

The Punch - - FOREIGN -

Afam­ily were left shocked af­ter wak­ing up to find a three­tonne hippo swim­ming in their pool, The In­de­pen­dent has re­ported.

Brent Reed, 47, said the gi­ant male was dis­cov­ered by a night watch­man in the gar­den of his home in Maun, Botswana, in the early hours of 31 De­cem­ber.

The sa­fari di­rec­tor man­aged to cap­ture pic­tures of his youngest son Troy, 11, and friend Kyle Steyn, 15, gaz­ing down at the wild an­i­mal, which he said ap­peared com­pletely at ease with their pres­ence.

The hippo – which is one of the world’s most dan­ger­ous an­i­mals – seemed in no hurry to leave the fam­ily’s two-me­tre-deep pool and even­tu­ally climbed out af­ter see­ing in the new year.

The Le­taka Sa­faris di­rec­tor said, “We didn’t think it could get out, but it did just that on 1 Jan­uary and we woke up at 2am to the hippo graz­ing out­side our bed­room.”

Mr Reed, who is also a host on Na­tional Ge­o­graphic Wild se­ries Sa­fari Broth­ers, said the re­gion ex­pe­ri­enced an un­usu­ally hot and dry sum­mer in 2018.

he added, “It was a large male and there has been a drought for pretty much the whole year.”

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