amphibius

East African River Hippopotamus

No, she is not eating her baby. This captive East African River Hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibius kiboko (Hippopotamidae) baby is just examining mother’s open mouth underwater.

The subspecies H. amphibius kiboko occurs in Kenya and Somalia. In fact, Kiboko is the Swahili name of the hippo.

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Photo credit: ©ZSSD Minden Pictures

Locality: unknown (Africa)

Hippopotamus | Hippopotamus amphibius

“Hippos spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cool under the hot African sun. Hippos are graceful in water, good swimmers, and can hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes. However, they are often large enough to simply walk or stand on the lake floor, or lie in the shallows.

Hippos also bask on the shoreline and secrete an oily red substance, which gave rise to the myth that they sweat blood. The liquid is actually a skin moistener and sunblock that may also provide protection against germs.”  -

(by Leszek.Leszczynski)

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