You were on a boat in the river. When suddenly you notice a giant hippo. His mouth was open with his giant teeth. He looked fierce.
Hippos live in rivers and lakes. There are less and less places for hippos to live. A group of hippos is called a nursery. Older hippos move closer to female hippos. It is a better chance for them to mate with a female.
They gallop up to 20 miles per hour. Most of the time hippos swim in water 5’ deep. They can go under water for about 6 minutes. Hippos run very fast. Hippos have webbed toes to help them swim faster. They fight with their teeth. Sometimes fights can kill hippos.
A baby hippo is about 4’ long. Hippos eat reeds. At 4 months old a baby calf can eat grass. When the mom is trying to protect her calf she stands very close to them. Baby hippos are born in the rainy season. Hippos rest on a sand bar or on their mom’s back in the water. Female hippos are called cows. Male hippos are called bulls. Baby hippos are called calves. Pygmy hippos are born on land, so are rivers hippos.
There are 2 kinds of hippos, a river hippo and a pygmy hippo. A river hippo is about 4 ½’ to 5 1/3’ long. A pygmy hippo is about 2 1/2’ to 3’ long. All hippos have short stubby legs, and a barreled shape body. All hippos have a big heavy head.
Hippos live up to 50 years old. When hippos are 2 years old they weigh 500 lb. The older they get the more time on land they spend. When they are 4 or 5 months old they move away from their mom. Scientists put hippos into groups called Actiodactyls. Actiodactyls lived 30 million years ago.