WATCH: Herd of HIPPOS invades rugby pitch in South Africa
There were some heavyweight arrivals to the ranks of Letaba Rugby Club in South Africa this week as a group of hippos made their way onto the team’s pitch.
Footage of at least half a dozen of the lumbering semiaquatic mammals – whose bulk would be the envy of any rugby team’s pack – was shared by news outlet Far North Bulletin, and subsequently did the rounds on social media.
The animals – who weigh up to around 3,900lb (1,800kg) for males – reportedly made their way onto the field to graze after players had just finished a training session.
The team’s pitch lies not far from the Letaba River, and it is reportedly not uncommon for the animals to wander in the area, especially after sunset.