Hipposterus,

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hippopotamus.

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Roll and wallow,
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bellow and burp.
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Loaf all day,

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and eat all night.

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I wish I,

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were a hippotomi!
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Cheers to you from Kruger’s loudest critter~

231 thoughts on “Hipposterus,

  1. You do our wild life such justice with your amazing photos… wish you were here so I could take you with to the Kalahari Gemsbok Park on our trip next month…. it is so different to Kruger… yet so brilliant a place. .. I think you’d love it. … no fences around the camps so the lion can get close, as do all the animals that want to…. but the viewing of game is so different…. google it

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    • I was especially interested in what you would think of my photos because you are a brilliant photographer and you live in South Africa, meaning you know so much more than I. The fact that you think I do your wildlife justice is huge to me.
      I would so love to visit the Kalahari.
      I don’t know what it is, but I feel safer among South Africa’s wild animals than anywhere.
      It’s because the rules are so clear. Listen to the animals, they will tell you what to do, and they are so much more honest then many humans.
      Friendship and cheers to you my friend. Already missing Africa~

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      • Wow ….. the fact that you realised that the animals tell you when they are feeling nervous is fantastic…. wish more visitors were like you, it would save the lives of so many of our animals that are shot because people think they are impervious to an attack… you are so welcome to our animal Kingdom, we need more tourists like you… I would so love to show you the Kalahari park, so different to Kruger… you would love it

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    • Well, I don’t know how intelligent they are, but I am impressed they can roll over in rivers without getting water in their ears! πŸ˜‰ They are endangered because people hunt them, and that to me is the essence of stupidity! πŸ˜‰

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      • Once read in the National Geography that the hippo brain was very small not much bigger than a fist – it should also be the wild animals in Africa that kills the most people, but mostly it was the man’s own sake – a very impressive animal in my eyes – when we see how relaxed they can be so it’s hard to imagine their great temperament and fearlessness in other contexts… πŸ™‚

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      • Yes, I was always struck by the fearsome reputations many of these animals have, and the peaceful placid creatures I observed. I think the two keys are threat and food. If a wild African animal feels threatened by you, you are in trouble. Similarly, if you look like food to them and they are hungry, you may well be in trouble too. This doesn’t happen with the hippsters though because they are grazers. They can be incredibly dangerous when threatened though, so I made sure not to do this. I did observe a mother hippo get separted from her calf by a reckless safari vehicle. All I observed in both mother and calf was heartbreaking terror~

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  2. Ganz herzlichen Dank fΓΌr deine wunderbaren und einmaligen Bilder aus der fantastischen Natur SΓΌdafrikas. Ich stand einen Moment neben Dir und staunte ΓΌber die Tierwelt, wΓ€hrend Du fotografiert hast. Ernst

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  3. Even with their tough and fearsome reputation, they are still SO cute! I just love the picture of them out sunbathing. Seeing how they spend their day makes me want to be a hippopotamus too! Thanks Cindy. ❀ πŸ™‚ ~Lynn

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    • They are incredibly vocal! They carry on like nobody’s business all day long. I liked the photo of the baby bellowing, you could hear him clear as day from a mile away! πŸ˜‰

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  4. Stirring pictures, especially that crane (?) taking a free ride. They must be friends or have made a pact, methinks. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Love all your photography. Keep up the wonderful work. ❀ ❀

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  5. Still I’m amazed that such cute animals can be so ferocious, when kid I’d love to be on one like the bird in the last photograph, lol, now I know that the end wouldn’t be so happy.

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  6. Great pictures! I have so many memories, mostly funny, of hippos. Like meeting one walking on the path back to our lodge on New Years Eve after midnight…he looked pink πŸ˜‰ But I took care never to swim in same waters with them. I bet you left part of your heart out there in the wilderness….

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    • I totally did leave a chunk of my heart with the wild ones. I don’t care how wild the wild things are,
      β€œAnd the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.” They are still nicer than some humans! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

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  7. Amazingly benign-looking for such dangerous beasts. I loved the picture of the doped-up hippo which had escaped from the zoo in Tblisi during a flood, walking along sedately and calmly with the men who rounded it up! Wonderful photos!

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    • Ohhhh, I must google this photo. I remember the video of the ranger being chased down the street by a ticked off hippo. Never did find out the denouement of this debacle!

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    • I was usually on a bridge looking down on a river, or in a bird hide, by a lake. We were closer at the lakes in the hides, but they are safe observation platforms. The closest I got to a hippo was on our first trip, when one was grunting right at the fence next to me while I barbequed! The fence was electrified however and I was perfectly safe. Oh, and I forgot, we went on three ranger driven game drives, and the ranger got the vehicle inadvertantly in the middle of a mother hippo and her calf at night. They feed on land at night. Both animals were in an absolute panic, I think a lion was involved. We were very close to both, but again in a National Park vehicle and perfectly safe. I felt terrible for both of them, especially when the ranger explained that “lions take advantage of situations like this.”

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