Did you know that even though they look cute and friendly, hippos are arguably the biggest threat (animal-wise) to those living on the continent of Africa? They are responsible for around 500+ human deaths per year!

A few more hippo fun facts, from ScienceKids.com:

  • The hippopotamus is generally considered the third largest land mammal (after the White rhinoceros and elephant).
  • The name hippopotamus means ‘river horse’ and is often shortened to hippo.
  • The closest relations of the hippopotamus are surprisingly cetaceans such as whales and dolphins. Scientists believe this family of animals diverged in evolution around 55 million years ago.
  • Although hippos might look a little chubby, they can easily outrun a human.
  • A male hippopotamus is called a ‘bull’. A female hippopotamus is called a ‘cow’. A baby hippo is called a ‘calf’.
  • Hippos typically live for around 45 years.

I wonder if this one was 'hungry-hungry'? Ba-dum tsss!

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