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Old 12-19-2008, 03:19 AM   #1
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Dec 19, 2008: Bertha & Baby Butt



Neatorama had a link to this Daily Mail story.
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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.
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Old 12-19-2008, 04:46 AM   #2
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Artificially clean.. I note.
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Old 12-19-2008, 05:28 AM   #3
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Fun Fact: Hippos are the most dangerous animal in Africa. /funfact
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:19 AM   #4
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anal: except humans. and mosquitoes /anal

Awww, that's cute. Gotta love baby animals. Got a photo of the other end?
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Old 12-19-2008, 06:25 AM   #5
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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!
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Old 12-19-2008, 07:20 AM   #6
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:24 AM   #7
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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
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:10 AM   #8
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:07 PM   #9
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I never thought I'd think hippo butts were cute!
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Old 12-19-2008, 10:39 PM   #10
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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?
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Old 12-19-2008, 11:28 PM   #11
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Fun Fact: Hippos are the most dangerous animal in Africa. /funfact
You can tell, by the evil gleam in their eyes...
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Your mom's so fat she drops like a hippo in water...
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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.
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Old 12-20-2008, 07:40 AM   #12
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Fie on you! My pet, baby hippo was killed by a random statement that was taken personally in the WTC on 9/11.
Damn...
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Old 12-20-2008, 12:57 PM   #13
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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?
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:07 PM   #14
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Butt, hey, ever wonder how hippos mark their territory?
That's kept me awake many a long night.
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Old 12-20-2008, 05:19 PM   #15
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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.
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