Common Hippopotomus

Hippopotamus amphibius

Common Hippopotomus, Hippopotamus amphibius, photo © by Michael Plagens

Mother with its young at Lake Baringo, Rift Valley, Kenya. Oct. 2016.

These great animals spend much of the daylight hours submerged in river or lake water. There they leave massive quantities of dung derived from grasses and other plants grazed at night when they finally emerge from their aquatic realm.

Hippopototamidae -- Hippopotomus Family

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Kenya Natural History

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