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Learn all you wanted to know about hippopotamuses with interesting, fun Hippopotamus facts compiled by the team of Kidspress Magazine. Learn, enjoy and share!

  • The name Hippopotamus comes from the Ancient Greek “river horse”.
  • There are 2 species of hippos: Hippopotamus amphibious and Pygmy hippopotamus.
  • Hippopotamus live in groups and there are usually 10 to 30 hippos in a herd.
    Hippopotamus Facts

    Though they spend a lot of time in water, hippos are rather bad swimmers.

  • Hippos are the most aggressive species of the world.
  • A common hippo’s hide alone can weigh half a ton!
  • Hippos give birth to their babies under water to protect them from falling.
  • Hippo calves weigh approximately 45 kg (100 pounds) at birth.
  • Male hippos will attack young hippos in the water, but not on land.
  • Hippos are the only mammals that produce pink milk.
  • A Hippopotamus consume 68 kg of grass each night.
  • The hippopotamus can survive 5 minutes under water.
  • Hippos do not have sweat glands so they spend a lot of time in the water to stay cool.

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