The images, taken by wildlife photographer Mark Mol at Zambia's South Luangwa National Park, show a baby hippo seemingly under siege from a flock of birds. But the truth is, these birds, called oxpeckers, may be trying to do this hippo a favor.
"He was attempting to rid them off his back by twisting and shaking as he scrambled back to the safety of mom and the water," Mold told the Mirror. "In time the baby will soon come to accept that these birds mean him no harm."
While the term "oxpecker" may not sound very reassuring, these birds are frequently seen on the backs of cows, bison and even rhinos. It seems, aside from a baby hippo, most animals don't mind a bird or two on their back. Or head.