I Wanna Hippopotamus for Christmas!

What do you want for Christmas? Is it a hippopotamus? Listen to the song, then learn some hippo facts!

Did You Know?

  • Hippopotamus means “river horse.”
  • This animal is considered the third largest in the world (after the elephant andanimated-hippo-image-0059 white rhino).
  • Hippos are found in Africa. They have barrel-shaped bodies with short legs and big mouths.
  • Surprisingly, the closest relations of the hippopotamus are cetaceans such as whales and dolphins.
  • This creature may look clumsy and slow, but it can outrun a human.
  • Hippos are know to be extremely aggressive, especially if they feel threatened. They are regarded as being one of the most dangerous animals in Africa.
  • They dine mostly on grass.
  • A male hippo is called a ‘bull,’ females are ‘cows,’ and the baby is a ‘calf.’
  • A group of hippos is known as a bloat.
  • The female gives birth to her baby in the water.

okc_zoo_hippo_francesca_2_credit_gillian_lang-1513112373-9439In 2017, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden did get a hippopotamus for Christmas. They welcomed a 26-year-old female pygmy hippopotamus named, Francesca.

Franny is confident and calm with a love for carrots, yams, cucumbers and apples. She joined Wolee, a 43-year-old male pygmy hippo, at the Zoo’s pachyderm habitat.

What do you think of the hippopotamus? Would it make a good Christmas present? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section.

Categories: Animals

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