Happy Happy Hippos!
Yesterday was International Hippo Day! We may be celebrating a day late but they are one of our favorites, so bring on the fun hippo happenings!
Fun Hippo Facts:
- Hippopotamuses means “river horse” in Greek.
- They spend up to 16 hours a day in water!
- Hippos are herbivores.
- Hippos can hold their breath for 5 minutes.
- Their nostrils,ears and eyes are located on top of their heads. They can be mostly submerged with their nose and eyes above water.
- Hippos sweat a pink liquid to help them keep cool and it acts as a sunblock when they are out of water.
- They can eat up to 80 lbs of vegetation a day!
- They do have large incisors made of ivory.
- Hippos are very territorial.
- Hippos can run up to 30 mph on land!
- There are two species, the hippopotamus and the pygmy hippo!
- Hippos closest living relative is the whale!
We just love these hippos! They have a reputation for being grumpy Guses, but they are just territorial! We especially love the pygmy hippo- small, round and plump! Enjoy a hippo coloring sheet and tell us why you love hippos!