Wildlife photographer Frans Lanting captured these beautiful pictures of the intriguing behaviour and amphibious lifestyle of these lumbering hippos in several African countries.

Hippo wiggling ears, Hippopotamus amphibius, Garamba National Park, Congo, DRC, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Hippo pod, an aerial view of animal sin the water, Hippopotamus amphibius, Garamba National Park, Congo
Young hippos sparring, Hippopotamus amphibius, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Red-billed oxpecker, Buphagus erythrorhynchus, on hippo face, Hippopotamus amphibius, Luangwa River, Zambia
Hippos underwater, Hippopotamus amphibius, captive

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