Hip-wrecked: Angry hippo leaves a huge dent in a truck after charging at it in a South African nature park

There is no question of who came out on top in this battle of nature and technology.

A defenceless Ford truck was left with a massive dent in its front after it was charged by an angry hippo – which also the man inside the vehicle rather shaken up.

Welding Inspector Wikus Ceronie was heading to South Africa from Mozambique, where he works, on Friday morning. 

The  Ford truck was left with a massive dent in its front after it was charged by an angry rhino - which also the man inside the vehicle rather shaken up

The Ford truck was left with a massive dent in its front after it was charged by an angry rhino – which also the man inside the vehicle rather shaken up

The 26-year-old was crossing the border from Kruger National Park when he noticed the animal standing on a bridge.

He said: ‘There were people walking around in the nearby vicinity so I automatically assumed this hippo was used to humans. I was quite fascinated by this so I took out my phone to start filming.

‘Suddenly the hippo turned and just started charging – I braced myself as I realized he wasn’t going to stop. He hit the bakkie head on and then tried biting it. I guess after that he decided he had won because he just turned around and left.

‘This was terrifying for me because I realized I had nowhere to go and no time to do it in. Beside me was a 50m drop so had he hit me on the side I have no doubt the car would have rolled down the embankment. 

‘Even though there was damage done to the bonnet of my vehicle and the door couldn’t open, I’m grateful there were no serious injuries at the end of day.’ 

Wikus Ceronie was crossing the border from Kruger National Park
He noticed the animal standing on a bridge

Wikus Ceronie was crossing the border from Kruger National Park when he noticed the animal standing on a bridge

Mr Ceronie automatically assumed this hippo was used to humans
There were people walking around in the vicinity

Mr Ceronie automatically assumed this hippo was used to humans because there were people walking around in the vicinity