• The word hipopotamus comes from the greek word water horse.  Hippos are water loving animals and need to stay moist otherwise their skin becomes dry and cracks.
  • They are the third largest land animal after the white Rhino and the Elephant. 
  • They can only survive where there is abundant water so they live near rivers and lakes.
  • Hippos spend up to 16 hours per day in water, this keeps them cool.  They spend the whole day in water and look for food at night.
  • Although hippos seem cute and cuddly they are very dangerous.
  • Hippos move quicly through water but they can't swim. They push themselves upward and forward from objects in the water.

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