POLICE are a hunting a man after he was caught on video slapping a hippopotamus on the bottom in a zoo enclosure.
The bizarre video shows the man sneaking up on the hippo and then taking the animal by surprise and slapping him. He then retreats with his hands in the air in a gesture of victory.
Interaction with animals is banned. Now Los Angeles Police are investigating after the bizarre incident at Los Angeles Zoo.
Zoo spokeswoman April Spurlock said: “Any unauthorized interaction with an animal is unsafe for the animal and potentially unsafe for the patron. It is never appropriate for anyone to attempt to have contact or interaction with any animal outside of our staff-led animal experiences.”