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Yawning hippo

Hippos are a suspicious, brooding lot. They tend to spend a lot of time staring at you with their beady little eyes while hunkered down in the water.

The pod of hippos at Sunset Dam was no exception - they'd stay submerged and peer at you from the water. This young fella, however, regaled me with a full yawn - which was a bit ironic, as a hippo's yawn is usually a territorial/threat display.

Even though he lacked the impressive canine-like incisors of adults, it was still a mighty yawn

Shot Details
Canon !D Mk2, 500/4, 2x TC
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