Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hippo Facts

Common Hippo's

Pygmy Hippo's

Typically, baby hippos are born underwater, where their mothers help them to the surface after birth.

Common hippos normally live in herds of about 10-30, but have been known to live in groups three times as large.

Pygmy hippos can be found in Liberia and Ivory Coast, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The word “hippopotamus” comes from the Greek word for “river horse,” but hippos are not related to horses, in reality.

Common Hippos can weigh up to 3-1/2 tons. That’s a whole lot of hippo!

The Pygmy Hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) is much smaller than the common hippo, only weighing about 450-600 pounds. It can be found in West Africa.

Newborn common hippos weigh about 55 to 120 pounds.

The scientific name of the common hippo is Hippopotamus amphibious.

A hippo usually stays under water for 4-6 minutes, although no one really knows the maximum amount of time that they can.

Hippos are too heavy to swim, but navigate under water by walking on the bottom or pushing off against the bottom of the river.


Aunt Laura said...

Very interesting. I love this. How about the silver back gorilla. I love them at the zoo.

Rita said...

I'll look them up. Thanks for the suggestion.

Batjacboy said...

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas!

Rita said...

I love that song!!!

Will you sing it for me??

Batjacboy said...

Of course!!

Christmas season starts next week!

Mama said...

Hooray for Christmas! I guess it's time to go through storage. The Hippopotamus idea is cute, he can keep the groundhog company.

Ruthie said...

Awww, I can't wait to see where the groundhog is hiding in your house. Ooh, just a few more months and I'll be able to get you your first anniversary groundhog. Yay!

Aunt Laura said...

I think he should sing that song for everyone. I would love to hear it.

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