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Hippo Information

March 16th, 2007

It’s been a while since I’ve done a fun post about nothing important, so here goes…

Below is some information about Hippos in general.

Hippopotamus Information

Found in pools, rivers, and lakes in eastern Africa, the hippo is surpassed in size only by the elephant. When full-grown, the hippo may reach a length of 15 feet [of over 4 meters] and a shoulder height of 5 feet [1.5 m]. Its weight may be about four tons.

Thick-skinned, hairless, and seemingly clumsy, the barrel-shaped hippo would certainly fare badly in any beauty contest. The legs of the hippo are short, causing one to wonder how they manage to support such a colossal frame. But do not underestimate the power of those stubby legs. On land the hippo can run faster than man. In water it has been known to outdo a small man-powered boat or even a motorboat.

Hippos are sociable animals, typically living in groups of 10 to 15 led by a dominant bull, though larger groups numbering about 150 have been seen.

The mouth is certainly the most striking feature of the hippo. On land the animal uses its one-and-a-half-foot-wide [half-meter-wide] lips to graze near the water. Yet, the mouth is not just a feeding instrument. When the hippo opens its jaws 150 degrees, it is not merely a yawn but a threatening display of aggressiveness.

The hippo’s mouth is dangerous not only to other hippos but also to humans. Any human efforts to coexist with the hippo have proved futile. The animal will make an unprovoked attack on those who venture too close to its domain.

If a hippo is wounded, it is even more irritable and hence capable of inflicting greater damage on any intruder. Even boats have been capsized by the huge jaws of an angry hippo.

In spite of weighing up to four tons, a hippo has great agility in the water. “It can swim faster than many fish despite its ungainly body.”
If they prefer, hippos use their powerful legs to dance across the bed of a deep river.

“Hippos protect their hairless skin from the sun by sweating a sunscreen similar to commercial products used by humans,” reports The Independent of London. Upon testing the liquid secreted by an animal in a Tokyo zoo, scientists in Kyoto, Japan, learned how it protects the hippo’s skin against the ravages of tropical sunshine and dirt. The viscous, colorless secretion gradually turns red, then brown and plasticlike. As it turns brown, it changes from alkaline to very acidic, thus acting as a strong antiseptic. The brown coating also serves as a sunscreen by absorbing ultraviolet light, as commercial sunscreens do. However, cosmetics companies are unlikely to market hippo sunscreen in the near future, the paper concluded, first because there are too few hippos in the world, and second because the secretion has such an offensive odor.

A mad hippo can bite a crocodile in two.

Although cartoons and children’s stories highlight friendly, happy hippos and they are popular as stuffed toys, hippopotamuses are responsible for more deaths in Africa than any other animal.

Guides say that the most dangerous spot on the continent is “between a hippo and its route to the water” and the “next perhaps is between a hippo mother and her calf.”

Some 200 to 400 pounds [90-180 kg] of vegetation go into its stomach every day. Its appetite satisfied, Behemoth lies under lotus trees or in the shade of poplars. If the river it lives in overflows, the hippo can keep its head above water and swim against a deluge.

When a hippo is in the water, fish called black labeos, a species of carp, “vacuum” away algas, dead skin, and parasites—practically anything clinging to the animal. They even clean its teeth and gums! Other species of fish also help out—some by cleaning wounds and others by using their long snouts to probe and nibble between the hippo’s toes and in other awkward spots.

The hippo kills more humans than any other African animal. They’re not carnivores, but swim or paddle too close—and one bite ends the story!

Conclusion

OK, so hippos are really not that nice of a creature, are they?

Someday I’ll write the history of why we call our business Hippo Internet Marketing. But I can assure you that we had no idea of how fierce they are. Yet, the more I learn about them, the cooler I think they are.

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Corey Creed
Hippo Internet Marketing
Internet Marketing Training and Consulting