Take a look at these great hippo pictures, and read about the hippo facts below. You will also find cartoon drawings of hippos here.
The hippo, or hippopotamus called by it's full name, is such a funny and cute looking animal and at the same time such a dangerous animal.
You mostly see the hippopotamus in the water, with only it's eyes, ears and nostrils above the surface, but the hippo is actually not a very good swimmer. Most of the time it moves around by walking on the river bottom, and then occasionally it sets op to get some air. The hippo can stay under water for about 5 min. before it has to come to the surface to breathe.
I took some very great hippo photos a couple of days ago in the zoo in Copenhagen. In the zoo there is a very good area for the hippos, a huge area inside and also a place outside with water and connection to the rest of the savannah areas.
Right now there are three hippos in the zoo, two grown females and a baby female. Soon there will also be a male hippopotamus, brought in from another zoo, to establish a healthy population.
|Cute Hippo baby and mother||Hippopotamus in water|
|Hungry Hippo||Coming up from water|
|Common Hippo||Big hippo|
|Baby hippo and mother||Cute hippo baby and mother|
|Male hippo taking a mud bath|
|Big common hippo looking at you||Hungry hippo|
|Hippo teeth and cabbage||Hungry hippo with open mouth|
|Hippo photo with zebra||Common hippo eating|
The hippos specific gravity is just a little bigger that the specific gravity of water, so it sinks slowly into the water, and when it wants to stay floating, the hippo can fill it's lungs with extra air.
The hippopotamus has a lot DNA in common with the whale, and the hippo itself is adapted to living a lot of it's life in water, with the ears, eyes and nostrils placed high on the head, and with webbed feet.
At night the hippos go on land to eat, mostly grass, and they prefer the grass that has been cut down by earlier grazing, and therefore they make broad paths to their favorite pastures.
Eventually the common hippo will eat a small antelope or a carrion.
The skin of the hippo is actually quite delicate, and at day they cannot stay out of water long without their skin becoming dried out which will lead to the skin cracking. If they have to leave the water for longer periods during the day they have the possibility to "sweat" a red fluid that becomes almost like varnish and protects the skin against drying out.
|Mother and baby hippo eating||Cute baby hippo|
|Hippo photo||Hippo photo|
|Beautiful common hippo||Head of common hippo|
|Common hippo in Zoo||Common hippo photo|
|Fighting male hippos|
|Hippo eating water plants|
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