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The terrifying moment a baby hippo was crushed in the jaws of a rival gaur while spitting blood was captured for the wildlife photography award

A FULLY grown hippo uses its powerful jaws to lift a calf and hurl it back into the water in a terrifying instant.

Thrilling Photograph shows the wild animal clamping its mouth around the helpless calf, sending blood and water spewing everywhere.

The hippo lifts the calf to its jaws before hurling it back into the water

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The hippo lifts the calf to its jaws before hurling it back into the waterCredit: SWNS
Hippos look calm, but they are extremely dangerous

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Hippos look calm, but they are extremely dangerousCredit: SWNS

This photo of the Russian snapper Evgeny Borisov was critically acclaimed at this year’s Amazing Wildlife Photography Competition, run by the International Association of Wildlife and Nature Photographers.

The male hippopotamus took the rival calf in his mouth and pulled it out of the river, while the other hippos looked on.

An arc of blood spewed out from the trapped calf as it was necked up.

Although they may appear calm, hippos are actually one of nature’s deadliest lands animal.

Hippos are known to be able to crush bones, rip limbs, and even devour humans if given the chance.

An adult male hippopotamus can weigh more than 2.5 tons and fiercely defend their territory.

Armed with razor-sharp teeth, their powerful jaws can easily break a canoe or a canoe in half.

Over the years, there have been a number of Deadly Hippo Attack.

Matthew Wanjiuku was ambushed by one of the giant creatures and held captive for 10 minutes while it continued to bite him.

His challenge in KenyaNaivasha’s Lake was taken by photographer Frederico Genovese.

He said: ‘Smashing its feet and swinging its head vigorously, the hippo appeared to be trying to trample its victim.

The hippopotamus can then be seen squeezing his arms, shoulders and torso, before onlookers finally attempt to shoo away the large mammal, leaving Mathew covered in blood.

In 1996, Paul Templer was swallowed by a hippo but somehow survived.

His near-death attack took place near Victoria Falls in his hometown Zimbabwe and begins when the animal knocks one of his friends out of his canoe.

He said: “I can’t move – I’m pinched in this tight place. I know it’s in a hippo or a crocodile in some way that’s not good.

“I tried to move my fingers around and could feel the hairs on the hippo’s snout.

“So then I knew where I was – I had my head up to the waist in the throat of a hippo.”

Paul was finally spat out before the animal swallowed him again, this time from its forelegs.

The animal thrashed him around before spitting him out and then lunging towards him with its jaws wide open, dragging him to the bottom of the river.

Describing the attack, he said: “I could see green and blue and sunlight on the water. And when I looked around I could see my blood mixing with the water. .”

Hippos are thought to kill more people annually than any other animal, and an estimated 500 people die each year in Africa from hippo attacks.

I raised my head up to my waist in the throat of a hippo

Paul TemplerThe hippo attack survivor

Despite Evgeny’s impressive shot, this year’s contest winner is a much more peaceful photo.

Mark Lynham’s beautifully framed shot of a stag gazing into his lens at Richmond Park in London has won the prize.

Mark Lynham’s beautifully framed shot of a stag gazing into his lens at Richmond Park in London has won the prize.

The footage beat the competition, including a sweet shot of a rare Arctic fox in Norway and a kestrel flying with its prey.

Mark, 58, from Newport Pagnell, was hit on his first trip to Richmond Park with his wife Amanda in October.

He said: “We had never visited before but had wanted to come for several years, but finally decided to visit it.

“We arrived at dawn and wandered along some roads and it wasn’t long before we saw our first horse as the light started to come out.”

He added: “We went deeper into where all the ferns and trees were. It was very quiet and very still, and after a while I had the feeling that I was being watched.

“I stopped and slowly looked around and I saw Stag, just standing there watching us from among the ferns.

“It was strangely quiet.

“I raised the camera very slowly and took a few quick shots.

“It stood still for about a minute before turning and walking away.”

He continued: “It was an incredible moment, I have to say and looking at the back of the camera I knew I had a nice picture of the deer and the autumn tones really added to the image. .

“Very good trip and really worth it.”

Mark Lynham's painting of a stag in Richmond Park won the prestigious competition

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Mark Lynham’s painting of a stag in Richmond Park won the prestigious competitionCredit: SWNS

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