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Happy World Hippo Day – To celebrate, we are taking a look at the cutest hippos in South Africa; we can’t get enough of these special babies.


South Africa (15 February 2022) – South Africa is home to many hippos, so in honour of World Hippo Day, we are looking at some of the best hippo sightings. Over the years, there have been some adorable hippo stories.

The 15th of February 2022 is World Hippo Day. The day was established to help raise awareness for the species. They are a fascinating species. Hippopotamus are herbivores and can weigh up to 2,000kg, making them the third-largest land mammal after elephants and rhinos. Hippos are primarily found in rivers, lakes, and mangrove swamps.

Did you know Columbia has a population of Hippo? They were introduced into the country by notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. Also, according to reports, the Hippo is the most dangerous mammal in Southern Africa. It can run up to 30km per hour and 8km per hour in water.

The chunky grey creatures are not always scary, though. In South Africa, we have seen many incredible sightings, some that made us laugh out loud, and some have left us in awe! St. Lucia has a high percentage of these crazy sightings due to being surrounded by an estuary. They have hippos entering petrol stations or keeping the local bowling greens trimmed.

These are some of the sightings we have seen over the years. Take a look at the videos we shared in the past below. Let us know which one is your favourite.

Hippo takes first steps.

While driving in the Kruger National Park one morning, James Macindoe came across this newly born hippo learning to walk. You can read the full story here.

Hippo Gets Chin Scratches from Friend

Ntoto and Charlie were filmed during one of their hangouts back in 2017. In the video, you can see that Charlie loves the chin scratches from Ntoto. The young orphans make an adorable pair. You can read the full story here.

Three Young Hippos Learn Who is Boss

Three adorably curious juvenile hippos wandered out of their river haven near a large elephant bull. At first, both the hippos and the bull froze and took one another in, but then they learned why you should never surprise a bull. You can read the full story here.

These videos prove that baby hippos are so cute! Do you have a hippo sighting you love?

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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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