I had a friend all through junior high and high school who was absolutely terrified of hippos. We went on a field trip to the zoo once, and everyone threatened to throw her in the hippo tank, just to see her freak out. At the time it seemed pretty silly, but now, I realize she was on to something.
Hippos are the #1 killer in Africa. Well, technically AIDS is the #1 killer, but when it comes to animal attacks, hippos take first place. Hippos can run at speeds of over 20 miles an hour and they have enormous jaws which host up to 20 inch canines(teeth, not dogs). I know this is only really relevant to people who live in Africa or who are planning to visit, but still, it might help someone somewhere. I think you need to be aware that they are a threat and to not get close to them.
Animal Planet has a new 20 part series called the Deadly 60. It is all about the 60 most lethal animals on earth. It begins November 13 and will play every Friday at 9 pm on Animal Planet. The crew travels across India, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Europe, United Kingdom, South America and North America. It should be pretty spectacular, like the series Planet Earth, but with deadly animals killing things instead of baby ducks falling out of trees.
Fun Hippo Facts:
- The hippo’s closest living relative is the whale
- Hippos can kill crocodiles
- Hippos consume over 100 pounds of vegetation per day.
- Hippos secrete a natural sunscreen that is colored red and eventually turns brown
- The hippo is in danger of becoming extinct
- Hippos can’t jump