Crocodile gets a prime spot in the sun after mistaking hippo for a rock

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Even when the hippo began to move, the cheeky croc didn’t get the hint and stayed in position for about 15 minutes before swimming off.

The moment was caught on camera in South Africa’s Kruger National Park by field guide Richard Millar.

The 21-year-old had been taking a photograph of the hippo when the young crocodile suddenly emerged.

Mr Millar said: ‘I came across this hippo in the water which at first had a heron on its back then all of a sudden, this small crocodile crawled up one side of it and just sat on its back.

‘It must have thought it was a rock in the water so chilled out on it for a while. They are cold-blooded creatures so need to rest in the sun.

‘Hippos and crocodiles aren’t rivals in the wild – a hippo may try and bite a crocodile but only when it feels its young is threatened.

‘It was a complete once-in-a-lifetime situation. I am pretty sure I will never get another photograph like that for the rest of my life.’

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