Yawning Hippo

Yawning Hippo
Yawning Hippo

Happy hippos?  This might give you a different impression of the chubby cuties depicted in cartoons and children’s literature.  I took this shot at the Tanzanian hippo pool shown here in an earlier blog.  It’s a close-up of the hippo in the center-lower-right part of the pool.

Hippos lay around in the water all day to protect their sensitive skin, so I thought he was just yawning.  Possibly, but more likely, he was protecting his bath (“turf”?).  Hippos congregate in family clans, and the patriarch is quick to challenge other hippos that try to enter their family space

I pity the adolescent male that wants to meet his daughter.

Thought for the Day:  Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws.                                                                                                          Ralph Waldo Emerson

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