Hippos have been known to take a wander around the town of St Lucia in Zululand, and this past weekend took advantage of the lockdown peace and quiet for a stroll about town.
St Lucia is part of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is home to between 800 and 1,000 hippos.
Local, Marie Stubbe, told TimesLive: “While doing my rounds at Lakeview Cabanas — the resort I manage and where I’m staying during the lockdown — I saw the hippo coming out from the lake and crossing the main street.”
Stubbe took the opportunity to capture footage on her cellphone.
Her video shows the hippo slowly walking down the road, while another hippo is ahead of it.
WATCH: While the town of St Lucia remains in lockdown, hippos continue to take their evening strolls through the deserted streets. These hippos were spotted out on Sunday night.
Video: Marie Stubbe@TimesLIVE pic.twitter.com/POBSRvgMWo
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Tourists who visit St Lucia now know to look out for these happy grazing hippos … though best to keep your distance, as, generally, they are far from friendly when riled.
Africa Geographic wrote: “One of the first things you are told when checking in to the various accommodation establishments is to respect the hippos, and how to take precautions in order to remain safe. The residents believe strongly that the town belongs to the hippos and they should have the freedom to roam and graze.”
Advice is never to get between a hippo and water and be particularly wary when they are with young.