By Mark Hodge @MrHodgey
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Videographer / Director: Cornel Rademeyer
Producer: Mark Hodge, Chloe Browne
Editor: Sonia Estal
The footage shows the peckish predator using the dead animal as a life raft, after becoming stranded in a ferocious part of the Sabi River in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Filmed by French tourists Denis and Valerie Wiest in November 2014, the lion got himself caught in a spot of hot water after spying a free lunch in the river.
Denis confirmed that after mis-judging the strong current, the big cat ended up using his meal as refuge.
He said: “We were filming from the Lower Sabie camp bridge, just above where the dead hippo was lying.
“There were two male lions close by who spotted the animal in the river.
“One of the cats lay down on the road and waited, while the second ventured out towards the hippo.
“We watched in shock as the lion tried to pick a piece of the hippo, but the carcass was very slippery and the current was really strong.
“The poor lion fell in the water and looked really distressed as the current started to pull him away.
“However he was able to swim back to the hippo and ended up climbing on top until a car with rangers arrived.”