“Nature is healing itself” was a phrase widely used at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic…

We witnessed wild animals roaming the streets in busy cities while residents were holed up at home under lockdown.

As lockdown levels eased, and cities began filling up again, the animals have slowly moved back into wild areas. It seems, however, that some South African animals have not got the memo.

In Mzansi we ended 2020 on an appropriately bizarre note – with a hippopotamus roaming the neighbourhoods of Johannesburg. And despite a concerted effort to find the hefty hippo, it has remained frustratingly elusive.

Until this week. When a Fourways resident filmed what looks like a hippo enjoying a bathroom break and a spa day in their previously pristine swimming pool. Is this the missing hippo? Authorities have yet to capture the animal…

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Hippos are notorious poop sprayers. If you have a three-year-old or a husband, they will delight in the following footage (the owner of the swimming pool, however, had a bit of a mess to clean up):

If you thought a hippo in Fourways was weird enough, 2021 just got weirder.

Lions on the stoep

A family arrived at their father’s ‘vacant’ house on an estate in Hoedspruit to find another family making themselves at home. A pride of lions was camped out on their porch, while some enjoyed a stroll through the boma.

For anyone interested in sharing their garden with some free-roaming cats, the home is up for sale, and is situated on the Leadwood Big Game Estate.

Facebook commenters loved the sight of the feline family enjoying the views, and noted that whoever bought the home would have the ‘best security system ever’!

Take a look at some of the footage below:

Un-baaaaa-lievable: Goats invade locked-down Welsh town

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