Deadly hippo chases after tourists on speedboat as safari takes terrifying turn

This is the terrifying moment an angry hippo charged at a group of tourists on a sightseeing boat during a safari.

Hair-raising footage of the chase shows the huge water-dwelling animal diving in and out of the water behind the speedboat on Lake Victoria in Kenya, Africa.

The massive mammal glides through the water in the wake of the speedboat – mostly underwater, but occasionally rearing its head to breathe as it continues to follow the boat.

Dicken Muchena, 27, and three of his friends were onboard the boat on Friday (May 28) hoping to catch a glimpse of one of the world's deadliest creatures – and they weren't disappointed.

Dicken said: "We knew that the area was a harbour for hippos, and we wanted to set out to try and get some photos of them.

"Knowing full well that they are killer animals, we gave them a wide path and avoided getting too close.

"There were at least six hippos in that area, and many others on various other parts of the lake."

But as the group were leaving, one hippo seemed to become agitated and started charging at them, seemingly with "savage motives".

"We never expected such a reaction, because it is quite a rare thing. It was lucky we were in a speedboat," he added.

"After being charged at for at least four minutes, we could no longer see the animal trails, and we rushed to safety on shore.

"It was a narrow escape."

Hippopotamus can measure up to five metres (16ft) in length and can weigh a whopping 1,500kg (235 stone).

They are considered to be the world's deadliest land mammal, killing up to 500 people a year in Africa.

Elsewhere in Florida, US, a fisherman was luckily to escape unscathed when an alligator emerged from a lake and chased him down a narrow path.

The man panicked and tripped over while running to safety. He even had a brief standoff with the apex predator.

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