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Today, World Hippo Day

2024-02-15 11:23:00, Kuriozitete CNA

Today, World Hippo Day

Every year, World Hippo Day on February 15 provides a special day to celebrate the world's third largest mammal. It is also a day to learn more about the hippopotamus.

The blue whale and the African elephant are the only two mammals in the world that are larger than the hippopotamus. The word hippopotamus translates to river horse in ancient Greek. The giant animal weighs 8,000 pounds. There is only one continent in the world where you can find a hippopotamus. That continent is Africa.

Hippos live up to 50 years in the wild. There are only two species of hippos on the planet. These include the common hippopotamus and the 'pygmy' hippopotamus.

Here are some more interesting facts about the hippopotamus:

They secrete a red oily substance on their skin which acts as a sun block and a moisturizer.

Hippos spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in water, but must come up every 5 minutes for air.

Mother hippos give birth to their babies in the water.

Female hippos give birth to a calf every two years.

Hippos consume nearly 150 kilograms of grass in a 4 to 5 hour grazing period.

Hippos are the most aggressive animals in the world and kill 500 people a year.

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