Don’t mess with hippos! For one thing, these animals are very, very large. Second only to elephants among land mammals, hippos usually weigh about 3,000 pounds, although there are reports of unusual individuals weight twice as much. Despite their bulk, an angry hippo can run at nearly 20 miles per hour if it really wants to. They have powerful jaws and massive teeth. Although they’re herbivores, they’re very aggressive. So while hippos are cute in their way, they are extremely dangerous animals.
Hippos spend most of their time in the water and their eyes, ears, and nostrils are on the upper side of their heads, allowing them to stick out above the surface when the animal is otherwise submerged. Strangely, hippos can’t swim but instead stick to shallow water, walking on the bottom or getting around by means of porpoise-like movements. Stranger still, they eat very little in the way of aquatic vegetation. Hippos leave the water to find grasses to graze on and then promptly return to their favorite watering hole.
A visit to the zoo is usually good, clean fun. You get to see an amazing variety of animals, some quite beautiful. While there are animals that just loll around, there are others that engage in all sorts of entertaining antics. When a massive hippo made its way out of the water, it treated the spectators to a spectacular display of digestive fireworks. We could try to describe the tail twirling like a helicopter, stuff flying out, and the sounds… But it has to be seen and heard to be believed.
We’ve posted the hilarious video below so you can see and hear the final steps in this massive animal’s digestive process. You’ll be giggling right along with the people who were at the zoo.
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