|Be warned (Source)|
Believe it or not, the Hippopotamus is the most dangerous animal in Africa. Apart from Mosquitoes, which carry Malaria, Hippos kill more people here than any other animal. It is also the most aggressive animal in the world, apart from man that is. I bet you didn't know that! They weigh three tons and can run at 30 km per hour, you, at your fastest can only do about 16. Amazing, don't you think?
Extremely territorial in the water, where they spend most of their day, but on land, when they come out to graze at night, territory is no longer an issue. But a word of warning, don't get between a hippo and the water, those jaws will snap you in half like a twig.
|Hippo attacks vet (Source)|
It may sound like I'm down on hippos, I'm not really, just very wary, we were attacked by one while fishing on Lake Kariba many years ago. Not a fun experience. We were in a boat fishing for Tiger fish near a mud bank when suddenly something came up under the boat and nearly knocked us out, it was a hippo, mouth open and wanting us to leave. We left post-haste. Good memories though. I suppose that's all we have at the end of the day, memories and stories. On the way back to Ndola my father rolled the car, he and my brother landed up in hospital with broken arms and legs. It's not a good thing to have to stay in hospital in darkest Africa, even today.
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