#AtoZChallenge – Hippopotamus

The hippotamus is a large mammal native to Africa. These herbivores spend their days in water or mud (even reproduction and childbirth occur here) and come out at dusk to graze. Although they luxuriate in the “bath” – water or mud – in groups, on land they are solitary creatures.

By Kabacchi (Hippopotamus – 04) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
By Paul Maritz (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons


10 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge – Hippopotamus”

  1. Fun post on A to Z challenge! Well done. I nearly wrote on Hippopotamus as well, as my theme is “Out of Africa”. Instead, I chose Heart Transplant. BTW, I’m also from Scotland, but live in South Africa. My H is at shirleycorder.com/?796

  2. Hi Shirley! Thanks for stopping by. Isn’t that funny, we’re halfway around the world from each other (I’m in Canada) and both thought of Hippopotamus. I’ll definitely check out your H post.

  3. They are unusual looking animals. Interesting facts about them. Do they stay in the water so much because of the temperatures or because they just enjoy it? Great pictures.

  4. I agree. Not my idea of a bath companion. Hope you’ll stop back throughout the month for some of my other A to Z posts. 🙂

  5. They’re certainly not the most attractive of animals for sure, Beverly. They stay in the water (or mud even) to stay cool. Apparently, they’re excellent swimmers. Don’t think I’d want to swim in the same water, though.

  6. I can’t help but think of “Fantasia” when I see them but I know they are more lethal than crocs apparently

  7. By all appearances, they don’t look vicious but they can be… and they can run faster than you would think possible. Think I’ll admire them and their abilities from afar.

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