I took this photo from a boat on the Chobe River in northern Botswana. The hippo spends most of its waking hours eating. Luckily it only gets rid of all that food in the water!! The hippo is herbivorous, but, despite that, kills more humans in Africa than any other animal except for the mosquito. This is because not only are they ill-tempered, they are very territorial. They spend most of their daylight hours in the water, coming out only to eat, usually at dusk and during the night. They sunburn easily. The word hippopotamus comes from the ancient Greek word meaning river horse. Despite their resemblance to pigs or other ungulates, they are more closely related to aquatic mammals such as whales and porpoises. The average weight of an adult hippo is 3,000 pounds, third in the line for largest mammal on earth (behind the elephant and rhino).
To meet one closeup in the wild is a scary experience. Been there, done that. Not on purpose.
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