After being hungry, hippos eat an ELEPHANT carcass despite the fact that they are herbivores. One of the most salivating animals was seen tucking into the trunk in Botswana.

  • One bloat if hippos has been seen eating elephant carcass in Botswana (South Africa)
  • These hippos, despite being herbivores in nature, were seen trying to grab the carcass of a dead animal.
  • Photographer Brice Petit explained that elephant stomachs carry 70 per cent undigested vegetables
  • Hippos can sometimes wait around carcasses, but they aren’t likely to try and eat their way into the carcass.


One bloat of hippos was caught eating the carcass of an elephant father that was lying along a river in Southern Africa.

In an unusual turn of events, photographer Brice Petit, 42, was visiting the Chobe River in Botswana back in October when he spotted the hippos nibbling on the dead animal.    

According to Brice (a lab technician who works with the Elephant Foundation), it is thought that the elephant died from natural causes.We arrived on-site with the boat, and vultures as well as maraboustorks were already looking at the carcass. They were joined by two large male lions who were trying to steal the meal.

“But nobody can stop a hippos, so think of a group.

Although ‘Hippopotamus’ are herbivores, the stomachs of elephants contain 70% of undigested vegetable.

“So, it is well known that hippos could be found around an elephant carcass’ corner in these circumstances.

“But, here they were so excited they were trying to bit the carcass to make it open.

“An infant hippo caught and released the trunk of an elephant. It then kept the trunk in its mouth, and eventually ate it.

A bloat of hippos in Botswana was spotted tucking into the carcass of an elephant which lay partly in the Chobe River back in October

Botswana’s bloated hippos were seen tucking in to the carcass of an Elephant that lay partially in the Chobe River in October.

Photographer Brice Petit said that elephant stomachs carry 70 per cent undigested vegetables, making it not uncommon for a group of hippos to be seen waiting around a body

Brice Petit, a photographer said elephant stomachs contain 70% of undigested vegetables. It is not unusual for hippos to wait around bodies.

Peculiarly in this case though, the hippos seemed unwilling to wait for the body to rot away so they could get at the vegetables, and instead tried to eat their way to the stomach

It was peculiar that the hippos didn’t wait for the bodies to die so they could grab the veggies. They instead tried to find their way into the stomach. 

Despite the large herd of elephants stood in the background, the bloat of hippos could be seen huddled around the dead body

Although the elephants were visible behind the scene, it was easy to see that the hippos were huddled about the body of the deceased despite the fact that there was a large group of them.

The inquisitive hippos could be seen inspecting the body of the elephant before trying to nibble on the carcass

Inquisitive hippos were seen looking at the elephant’s body before trying to eat the carcass.

One elephant was even spotted picking up the dead elephant's trunk in its mouth, dropping it back in the water, and then biting down on it

Even an elephant was seen picking up the trunk of a dead elephant and dropping it in water. Then, it bit down on the elephant.

A second hippo joined the younger animal to take a look at the dead elephant's trunk as it floated in the water

As the elephant floated in the waters, a second hippo joined him to look at its trunk.

Urging the small hippo to keep away, the older animal opened up its mouth in an attempt to be intimidating

The older animal tried to intimidate the small hippo by opening its mouth and telling it to stay away.

The bigger hippo chomped down on the elephant's trunk after having inspected it in the water

After having examined the elephant’s trunk in the water, the bigger hippo took a bite out of the elephant’s trunk.