Happy Happy Hippos!

Happy Happy Hippos!

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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!

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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.

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  • 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!

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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!

hippo coloring sheet

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