Wildlife Q & A: Dangerous hippos

Q: Why are hippos so dangerous?

A: Although hippos are herbivores and seem to just lay there in the water, they are recognised as the most dangerous animals, because they are so aggressive and unpredictable. They are the third largest land mammal and can weigh up to 2,000kg. Don’t be fooled – this heavyweight can run 30km/h over short distances. Best not to be an obstruction between hippos and water – a hippo’s safe ground. Their canine teeth can reach up to 50cm, which they normally use to fight or defend themselves with.

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