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Information about these animals
Hippos love water, which is why it is also often called the "river horse". These animals spend up to 15 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes, this also allows them to cool down when it is very hot outside as is the case in Africa where most of the world's hippos reside. These animals behave gracefully in water, swim well and can hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes. However, they are often large enough to simply walk or stand on the bottom of a lake. Their eyes and nostrils are located high on their heads, allowing them to see and breathe when they are mostly submerged.
Staying on land
These animals also lounge on the shore and secrete an oily red substance that has given rise to the myth that they sweat blood. In reality, this fluid is a skin moisturizer and sunscreen that can also provide protection against germs.
At sunset, hippos leave the water and wander overland to graze. In one night they can travel 7 miles along single tracks to eat several pounds of grass which is about 1-1.5 % of their body weight. Given their enormous size, hippopotamus food consumption is relatively low. When threatened on land, hippos can flee to water - they can match the speed of a human over short distances.
Are they dangerous animals ?
The hippo is a very aggressive wild creature and is the deadliest large land mammal on the planet. It is estimated that attacks by these animals kill about 600 people a year in Africa alone. It's not just their size and weight that make them dangerous, but also their very sharp teeth! - which can do tremendous damage. They also attack other animals as soon as they feel threatened or someone gets too close.