Wednesday, October 9, 2013
This is a Hippopotamus, and you don't normally get anywhere near this close to them. I have seen them in the wild in Africa, and the boat skipper gave them a wide birth on the river. The hippopotamus is one of the largest four-legged animals, and, despite its stocky shape and short legs, it can easily outrun a human. Hippos have been clocked at 19 mph over short distances. Is that unbelievable? The hippopotamus is one of the most aggressive creatures in the world and, as such, ranks among the most dangerous animals in Africa. So it was nice to have inch-thick glass between him and us!
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:34 PM