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Common hippopotamus

Hippopotamus amphibius

Description:

Common hippos are recognisable by their barrel-shaped torsos, wide-opening mouths revealing large canine tusks, nearly hairless bodies, columnar legs and large size; adults average 1,500 kg (3,310 lb) and 1,300 kg (2,870 lb) for males and females respectively, making them the largest species of land mammal after the three species of elephant and the white and Indian rhinoceros. Despite its stocky shape and short legs, it is capable of running 30 km/h (19 mph) over short distances. The hippopotamus is a highly aggressive and unpredictable animal and is ranked among the most dangerous animals in the world.

Habitat:

Lake Naivasha


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Benno Ibold
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Benno Ibold

Nakuru, Kenya

Lat: -0.77, Long: 36.42

Spotted on Jul 24, 2017
Submitted on Sep 26, 2017

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