HIPPO VIDEOS FOR KIDS – Facts about Hippopotamuses for Children, Preschoolers and Kindergarten
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HIPPO VIDEOS FOR KIDS – Facts about Hippopotamuses for Children, Preschoolers and Kindergarten

August 30, 2019


Hippos for kids. Let’s learn interesting facts about hippopotamuses. This is a hippopotamus. The name hippopotamus means ‘river horse’
and is often shortened to hippo. The hippo lives in Africa. Hippos are mammals. They are heavy animals. Hippopotamuses are the third largest land
animal after rhinoceros and elephant. A hippo can weigh up to 3 tons. A male hippopotamus is called a ‘bull’. A female hippopotamus is called a ‘cow’. A baby hippo is called a ‘calf’. A hippo cow gives birth to only one calf. A hippo calf stays with its mother for almost
a year. Its mother takes care of him during this time. Hippos have large mouths. When a hippo bellows, they massively open
up their mouth. You can hear their sound from large distances. Hippos do not have furs. They have some hair (bristles) on their snout
and tails. Hippos come out of the water at night time
to graze, when the weather is cooler. Hippos mainly eat grass. Hippos eat the stalks(grass) with their strong
lips. They are like lawn mowers. A hippo can eat up to 40 kilograms of grass
per day. Hippos typically live for around 45 years. Hippos can protect themselves with their long
tusks, if they got attacked. Hippos spend half of their life in rivers,
swamps or lakes. The water protects their sensible skin from
sun and heat. The cattle egret are hippos best friends. They spend their time together with hippos. Vermin might live on a hippo’s skin. These birds help the hippos by removing the
vermin. Additionally, cattle egret keep watch. When the bird flies away, it draws attention
to an approaching danger. When on land, hippos roll themselves in mud. The mud on a hippo’s skin prevents the bare
skin from drying. Thus, the hippo won’t get sunburn. Hippos have a body shaped like a barrel. They can move through shallow waters by pushing
away the floor with their feet. They move their feet in the water just as
they move them on land. When in water, most of a hippo’s body is under
the water surface. Only their ears, eyes and the nostrils are
out of the water. This is to hear, see and breath. Hippos have four toes, which are connected
with a skin tissue. Male hippos open up their mouth and bellow
to threaten others. They fight each other to test their strength
and protect their territory. This is a dangerous activity. They might hurt others seriously with their
large tusks. A hippo fight sometimes takes 2 hours. Usually, the hippo cow gives birth on land. Sometimes they give birth in shallow water
as well. A calf can suck milk from their mothers under
water. Every now and then, they need to come up to
the surface to breath. A calf can stand up and walk from the moment
they are born. When they are six months old, they begin to
go with their mothers to the land to graze. The hippo cows and calves live together in
groups. The young can play together, and the adults
protect the young. A group of hippos is called a bloat, pod,
or herd. When a mother goes away to graze, other female
hippos protect the calf that is left behind. Adult hippos have no animal predators due
to their weight and size. These animals are the biggest enemies of baby
hippos: hyenas, crocodiles and lions. The pigmy hippo is a smaller and lighter hippopotamus
specie. They are much scarcer than the river hippos. They live in the rainforests of West Africa. The pigmy hippo spends most of his time on
land. They weigh around 200 kilograms. Hippos are close relatives to warthogs and
wild boars. Hippos are one of the most dangerous animals
in Africa. They can be very aggressive, especially if
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