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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Dec 19 04:19 AM

Dec 19, 2008: Bertha & Baby Butt



Neatorama had a link to this Daily Mail story.

Quote:
It is the ultimate in swimming lessons as Paula the baby hippo struggles to keep up with her mother Kathi.
Born at Berlin Zoo just 18 days ago, the little cub weighs 6st 4lbs and is approximately 50 inches long. Fully grown she will weigh as much as two tonnes - like her mother.

Hippos swim from the moment they are born underwater and must immediately propel themselves to the surface to take their first breath.
Contrary to belief, adult hippos cannot actually swim - but travel through the water by pushing themselves off the bottom.

Paula, on the other hand, is rather more buoyant and able to move along by kicking her back legs in a running motion. If the water becomes too deep, then she will rest on her mother's back - surfacing for air roughly every four minutes.



SPUCK  Friday Dec 19 05:46 AM

Artificially clean.. I note.



Trilby  Friday Dec 19 06:28 AM

Fun Fact: Hippos are the most dangerous animal in Africa. /funfact



ZenGum  Friday Dec 19 07:19 AM

anal: except humans. and mosquitoes /anal

Awww, that's cute. Gotta love baby animals. Got a photo of the other end?



sweetwater  Friday Dec 19 07:25 AM

Just 2 more questions to accurately answer, and the mom hippo will finish the Trivial Pursuit games. Oh, and thanks for the inspiration - the diet starts today!



Trilby  Friday Dec 19 08:20 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
anal: except humans. and mosquitoes /anal
Consider yourself punched, nerd.


Leokins  Friday Dec 19 09:24 AM

Your mom's so fat she drops like a hippo in water...
cute picture nonetheless ^_-

edit: that's not directed at anyone, just a random statement



Clodfobble  Friday Dec 19 11:10 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Leokins
edit: that's not directed at anyone, just a random statement
No, it's too late. I've taken it personally.


skysidhe  Friday Dec 19 01:07 PM

I never thought I'd think hippo butts were cute!



monster  Friday Dec 19 11:39 PM

Spit-roast baby hippo for Christmas Dinner?

Serve mature hippo steaks flame-grilled with a dollop of brandy butter for a seasonal flavor.

...or is that just a large poaching pan they're in?



Flint  Saturday Dec 20 12:28 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brianna View Post
Fun Fact: Hippos are the most dangerous animal in Africa. /funfact
You can tell, by the evil gleam in their eyes...
Quote:
Originally Posted by Leokins View Post
Your mom's so fat she drops like a hippo in water...
cute picture nonetheless ^_-

edit: that's not directed at anyone, just a random statement
Quote:
Originally Posted by Clodfobble View Post
No, it's too late. I've taken it personally.
Fie on you! My pet, baby hippo was killed by a random statement that was taken personally in the WTC on 9/11.


Gravdigr  Saturday Dec 20 08:40 AM

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Originally Posted by Flint View Post
Fie on you! My pet, baby hippo was killed by a random statement that was taken personally in the WTC on 9/11.
Damn...


tulzscha  Saturday Dec 20 01:57 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by ZenGum View Post
anal: except humans. and mosquitoes /anal
Well... The mosquitoes aren't dangerous in and of themselves, it's the diseases they carry. And those are either viruses (Dengue) or protozoans (Malaria), neither of which are "animals."

It's commonly said that "hippos are the most dangerous LARGE animal in Africa." That's a more accurate statement because humans aren't "large" and there are a whole host of little flatworms that do a whole lot more harm (Schistosomiasis) than hippos.

Butt, hey, ever wonder how hippos mark their territory?


HungLikeJesus  Saturday Dec 20 02:07 PM

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Originally Posted by tulzscha View Post

Butt, hey, ever wonder how hippos mark their territory?
That's kept me awake many a long night.


tulzscha  Saturday Dec 20 06:19 PM

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Originally Posted by HungLikeJesus View Post
That's kept me awake many a long night.
I plow directly over your sarcasm, and provide the answer:

"To mark territory, hippos spin their tails while defecating to distribute their excrement over the greatest possible area."

It is, if you've ever seen it, the proverbial shit hitting the fan. Just look at those tail muscles, and imagine it wagging back and forth at 600rpm.


jinx  Saturday Dec 20 07:43 PM

Quote:
Fun Fact: Hippos are the most dangerous animal in Africa. /funfact
They are not one of the "big 5" animals of Africa, those considered the most dangerous and difficult to hunt. They are lion, cape buffalo, leopard, elephant, and rhino.

My dad got buffalo a couple years ago but won't be hunting the rest because he likes them... same reason he won't hunt bears.


xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Dec 21 01:39 AM

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Originally Posted by jinx View Post
They are not one of the "big 5" animals of Africa, those considered the most dangerous and difficult to hunt. They are lion, cape buffalo, leopard, elephant, and rhino.
That just goes to show how sneaky they are... that's why they're dangerous.


sweetwater  Sunday Dec 21 07:18 AM

Trophy hunters are dangerous to the "big 5", whether or not those animals are dangerous to the rest of humanity. Hippos are the attackers in the previous argument, however, against humans who would much rather they stay away. And the mosquitoes straddle the fence: those packin' bad buggies inside are dangerous to humans, those who don't are not. Thus spake sweetwater.



ZenGum  Sunday Dec 21 10:40 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jinx View Post

My dad got buffalo a couple years ago but won't be hunting the rest because he likes them... same reason he won't hunt bears.
so ... he shot the buffalo because he hated buffalo?


I know, I know, his uncle was trampled by a buffalo on 9/11 ...


Sundae  Sunday Dec 21 02:53 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jinx View Post
My dad got buffalo a couple years ago but won't be hunting the rest because he likes them... same reason he won't hunt bears.
What have I been saying all this time? Immunise, people, immunise!


Mayor of Shekou  Monday Dec 22 09:28 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by monster View Post
Spit-roast baby hippo for Christmas Dinner?
Jee-whiz, you must have a whole lot of really hot spit if you can roast a hippo with it!


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