Hippopotamus

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Hippopotamus

HippopotamusOriginal.jpg

Character Data
Also known as: Hippo
Japanese Name: カバ
Romanised Name: Kaba
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Hippopotamus's Merchandise
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Hippopotamus amphibius
Distribution: Central and South Africa
Diet: Herbivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 40-50 Years
Read More: Hippopotamus
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 VU.svg.png
Hippopotamus Anime Festival​ (Costume)​ Pavilion​ (Gen 2)​ Nexon Game

The Hippopotamus is type of Friend that has made appearances in the Kemono Friends anime as well as the original mobile game.

Appearance

Hippopotamus wears a two-piece diving jacket that turns red at the tips, as well as having rivets in them, with a small zipper at the end, representing a hippo's tail. She has 'coiled' hair that reaches to her back, and bangs that curve around her head, representing hippo fangs. Her eyes are also of a dark red color.

In Real Life

The hippopotamus is a large, mostly herbivorous mammal in sub-Saharan Africa. Their dense bodies make it impossible for them to swim, even though they spend most of their time in the water. Hippos move easily in water, either swimming by kicking their hind legs or walking on the bottom. They are well-adapted to their aquatic life, with small ears, eyes and nostrils set at the top of the head.

A hippopotamus with an open mouth.

The main source of food for the Hippo is the short grass. They spend five or more hours grazing every single evening. They may walk up to five miles during that period of time. They can also consume up to 150 pounds of food per day. They very seldom consume any type of plants that are found in the water, even though they are often accessible. Experts don’t readily understand why they don’t consume them. They are known to consume small animals and carrion though when they can’t get the green vegetation that they need.

Hippos have a flexible social system defined by hierarchy and by feed and water conditions. Usually they are found in mixed groups of about 15 individuals, but in periods of drought large numbers are forced to congregate near limited pools of water. This overcrowding disrupts the hierarchical system, resulting in even higher levels of aggression, with the oldest and strongest males most dominant.

References

http://www.animalfactguide.com/animal-facts/hippopotamus/

http://www.hippoworlds.com/hippopotamus-feeding/

http://www.outtoafrica.nl/animals/enghippo.html

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