The deadliest animal in Africa has been spotted swimming through Bushy Park’s boating pond.

The hippopotamus, typically native to sub-Saharan Africa, raised a few eyebrows as it appeared to swim through the pond on Sunday, but a Royal Parks spokesman said no one had raised the alarm.

He said: "We are unaware of specifically what it is other than we’ve had no reports of a hippo in the’s probably remote controlled!"