The hippopotamus is one of the large African mammals that has always amazed young and old alike. It is often depicted as a docile and good-natured animal.
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First of all, we will start by remembering that hippos are herbivorous mammals. Only during the struggles for the defense of the territory, these animals come to bite their rivals.
In case of food shortage, they can behave as carnivorous scavengers or even as cannibals. It possesses truly imposing dimensions, and this is sometimes enough to discourage less courageous predators.
Regarding reproduction and gestation of newborns, the hippo belongs to the so-called family of placental mammals. As also happens in humans, the young spend a lot of time inside the maternal placenta, growing slowly and feeding on what it eats.
Once it leaves its mother’s womb, the baby hippopotamus enters the water, where it will spend most of its life. This is its natural environment, where it feels protected and safe no matter what it is doing, whether copulating or giving birth.
This large mammal can also live on land, but it always prefers the aquatic environment. As physical characteristics, we highlight its large size, wide legs, and weight, which can reach even 3 tons.
Its skin is dry and rough, without hair. So wetting it continuously is a way to keep it hydrated and elastic.
Africa is its primary habitat, especially in the sub-Saharan area. Nevertheless, it is possible to see some specimens in central Africa and some eastern countries that do not border the Mediterranean.
This animal is territorial and loves to move in groups. To mark its territory, it defecates and moves its tail to spread its droppings over as much space as possible, thus extending the land it dominates.
Herds of hippos can be composed of 5 to 30 specimens, primarily females with which the alpha males will mate to give birth to new specimens.
It is striking that only a few females are chosen for reproduction. As we said at the beginning of this article, the hippopotamus has a robust temperament.
When it comes to defending its harem, two male adults can fight for a long time, even getting severe injuries, until one of them gives up.
Although it is popularly shown as a tender and harmless animal, many define it as the most dangerous animal in Africa as it is a herbivore.
On many occasions, hippos have been seen killing other animals simply because they could not stand their proximity. And, often, it also attacks humans.
The hippo’s life takes place at night, during the least hot hours of the day. As soon as the sun goes down, males and females take the opportunity to climb ashore and look for food.
The feeding of this animal is based on the rumination of grasses, roots, and shrubs. When food is scarce, a hippo will travel more than 5 miles to meet its energy needs.
Keep in mind that, in adulthood, one of these living creatures consumes about 40 kg of grass per day.
We are sure that more than one aspect of this animal has surprised you. The hippo is far from being that peaceful herbivorous mammal that is often idealized in advertisements and cartoons.
Accustomed to living in African rivers, swamps, and lakes, this ancient creature will not hesitate to open its menacing jaws if you get too close.