Hippo drenches heron using it as perch


Footage of a massive hippopotamus drenching a heron that decided to perch on its back.

Flitting between hippos, the long-legged bird uses the animals as its own personal islands.

"We stopped at a large dam to admire all the life in and around the water. Hippos and crocodiles were scattered in and out the water," said the filmer, adding that while they were watching, the heron unexpectedly arrived. "The bird did not seem comfortable there and flew over to land on top of another male hippo."

The second hippo then paddles its tail to drench the bird with water from the dam, looking annoyed.

"The heron quickly got the message that it was not welcome anymore and flew off," said the filmer.