By Hannah Stevens @hannahshewans
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Videographer / director: Barcroft Media
Producer: Hannah Stevens, Ruby Coote
Editor: James Thorne
While other safari goers focused on the nearby wildebeest herd migrating across the Mara River, this tour group settled in to watch a new mum give birth - a rare opportunity for safari goers and guides alike.
But within moments of its entrance into the world in September 2016, the excitable calf veered into the path of a crocodile.
Thankfully the hippo’s mother made quick work of navigating the calf away from danger and towards its father - who had been sleeping on land while its partner gave birth to their new child.
After paddling up to its father for the very first time, the curious calf was welcomed with a gentle nuzzle while its mother kept a watchful eye on the crocodiles floating around them.
The safari guides believe that the circling crocodiles were kept from aggressively pursuing the calf because they had already ate their fill from the migrating wildebeest herd.
Hippos typically breed every two years and give birth to a single calf at a time.