H (number 1) is for Hippopotamus
I like hippopotamuses. I have written two poems about them… one of which is in my book, and one of which is posted below – and both of them are painted onto a giant reversible jigsaw.
Hippos are considered to be the most dangerous animal living in Africa, killing more humans than all the other animals combined. They can run at 30km/h and weigh up to 3,200kg.
Despite the fact that they can open their jaws to 4 foot wide – they only eat grass. Seems a bit of a waste of capacity really.
I seem to be changing the subject slightly here, but you’ll see why in a minute. The World Wildlife Fund has a quiz page where you can find your inner animal. It tells you which animal you are most like. I was somewhat startled to find my inner animal is a hippo. Now if they’d said my outer animal was a hippo and my inner animal was a gazelle, I think I’d have understood. But never mind. It’s a good thing I like hippos, isn’t it?
You can find your inner animal here: WWF Inner Animal Quiz. Please don’t blame me if you turn out to be something you consider to be unpleasant.
Here is the poem:
Hippos used to be very numerous – in fact they were known as the common hippopotamus. But now hippos are classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, due to illegal and unregulated hunting for meat and ivory (found in their canine teeth) and habitat loss.
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