•     The name hippopotamus means river horse and is often shortened to hippo;
  •     The hippopotamus is generally considered the third largest land mammal (after the White rhinoceros and elephant);
  •     Hippopotamuses spend a large amount of time in water such as rivers, lakes and swamps;
  •     Resting in water helps keep hippopotamuses temperature down;
  •     Hippopotamuses have short legs, a huge mouth and a body shaped like a barrel;
  •     Although hippos might look a little chubby, they can easily outrun a human;
  •      A male hippopotamus is called a bull;
  •     A female hippopotamus is called a cow;
  •     A baby hippo is called a calf;
  •     A group of hippos in known as a herd, pod, dale or bloat;
  •     Hippos typically live for around 45 years;
  •     Hippos eat mostly grass.

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