Hippopotamus

Posted: June 8, 2012 in Jesus The Answer?

i intended on giving the hippopotamus equal air time, but after some research i don’t really care for the character and nature of the hippo. But upon the words of someone who reads regularly they said i needed to post about the Hippo. So, today i will share what i found regardless of whether i like it or not. After all i said that i spend some moments as a Hippo, so if i are one, even if only for a moment,  i should give it some time.

With a great whoosh and a snort, a seemingly quiet African river suddenly erupts with the appearance of a great huge beast. Then whoosh, another surfaces, and another, and another. One by one, about 15 hippopotamuses rise to the surface of the calm water—some with a great deal of snorting and hissing as they exhale. At the surface, they each take a breath of fresh air.

Hippopotamuses love water, which is why the Greeks named them the “river horse.” Hippos spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cool under the hot African sun. Hippos are graceful in water, good swimmers, and can hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes. However, they are often large enough to simply walk or stand on the lake floor, or lie in the shallows. Their eyes and nostrils are located high on their heads, which allows them to see and breathe while mostly submerged.

Hippos also bask on the shoreline and secrete an oily red substance, which gave rise to the myth that they sweat blood. The liquid is actually a skin moistener and sunblock that may also provide protection against germs.

At sunset, hippopotamuses leave the water and travel overland to graze. They may travel 6 miles  in a night, along single-file pathways, to consume some 80 pounds of grass. Considering their enormous size, a hippo’s food intake is relatively low. If threatened on land hippos may run for the water—they can match a human’s speed for short distances.

Hippos are an aggressive animal, old scars and fresh, deep wounds are signs of daily fights that are accompanied by much bellowing, neighing and snorting. Hippos have developed some ritualized postures, the huge open-mouthed “yawn” that reveals formidable teeth is one of the most aggressive. With long, razor-sharp incisors and tusk like canines the hippo is well armed and dangerous.

While Hippos are very territorial in the water, they freely roam on land without such conflicts.

Hippos are unpredictable. If they are encountered away from the safety of water, anything that gets between them and their refuge may get bitten or trampled.

Well that’s enough of that. i do not want to be a Hippo! Yes i said i enjoyed the coolness of the mud and i admitted that i sometimes like to wallow but i want to CHANGE that. Truth be told my behavior is much like the hippo when i decide to wallow in the mud. i become more aggressive, while old scars, and deep wounds show themselves. i can also become very territorial wanting “my” space. i like the Hippos have developed some ritualized postures. my razor-sharp words and actions like the canines of the hippo make me well armed and dangerous. Wallowing in the mud i am unpredictable, i surprise myself sometimes.

For the record, as of this post i don’t recall having ever bitten or trampled anyone!

Having now looked at the eagle and the hippo i would rather stay cool by soaring with the wind beneath my wings and blowing full force in my face, despite the flaws of the eagle. With this out of the way i’ll return to our invalid man of 38 years.

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Comments
  1. oceansforpuddles says:

    That was very informative, thank you 🙂 I can see a lot of ways hippos & people relate

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