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Is a hippo faster than a human?
Hippos are the second-largest land animal — second only to elephants. Male hippos can weigh more than 6,000 pounds. Females are more “delicate,” topping out around 3,000 pounds. Despite their massive bulk, hippos can run faster than humans — up to 30 miles per hour!
Do hippos eat people?
Although they primarily only eat plants—munching on about 80 pounds of grass each day—hippos are one of the most aggressive animals on Earth. They can snap a canoe in half with their powerful jaws, and they kill about 500 people in Africa each year. But this species is vulnerable and their numbers are decreasing.19 Dec 2017
What to do if you see a hippo?
Stay to the inland-side of hippos.
Remain aware of the direction of the nearest body of water. When you encounter a hippo on land, always allow it a clear path to the water. Even if you maintain a respectful distance without posing a threat to the hippo, anticipate that some other factor may startle it at any time.
How strong is a hippo?
Hippos may seem like gentle, whimsical animals, but any naturalist will tell you they’re every bit as dangerous as lions or wolves: not only can a hippopotamus open its mouth at a 180 degree angle, but it can bite an unwary tourist completely in half with a ferocious force of 2,000 pounds per square inch.7 Jun 2019