Meet our featured animal: the hippopotamus!
Here are five fun facts about hippopotamuses:
- The hippo is second heaviest land mammal in the world.
- The body of the hippopotamus is well suited for aquatic life. Their eyes, ears and nostrils are located at the top of their head, so they are able to see, hear, and breathe while mostly submerged.
- Due to their dense bodies, hippos do not swim. Instead, when in the water, they tap their feet along the ground to propel themselves.
- When out of the water, hippos secrete a red-colored substance to cool their hairless skin. The secretion is referred to as ‘blood-sweat’ but is actually neither of those fluids.
- As herbivores, they feed on short grass for six hours a night, consuming up to 68 kg (150 lb.) of food.
Learn more at our hippopotamus facts page!