26-year-old Wikus Ceronie was driving in South Africa last Friday when he saw a hippo on the road in front of him. And before he could back up, it charged him.

Wikus told LatestSightings.com:

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.