Safari-goers film turtles climbing on hippo's back

By Ben Hooper  |  May 30, 2017 at 3:56 PM
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May 30 (UPI) -- A couple filming turtles sunbathing on a "rock" in a South African national park said they were surprised when the "rock" turned out to be hippopotamus.

A woman on safari with her husband May 3 in Kruger National Park captured video of a group of about 20 turtles sunbathing on what appeared to be a "rock" in a body of water.

The woman said they were shocked to discover the turtles were actually climbing on the back of a swimming hippo.

"At first we saw a bunch of turtles, which were quite funny, basking in the sun and swimming to what we thought was a rock. Then a hippo took out its head from the water and made us laugh because neither me nor my husband expected to see a hippo with 20 turtles on his back," the woman wrote.

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