Fun Facts About Hippos on National Hippopotamus Day
Begin to celebrate! Hippopotamus amphibiuss' everywhere are being recognized for being alive with this national holiday. Hippopotamuses are herbivorous marine animals--meaning they rely on the ocean for their existence. In adulthood, males can weigh between 3,300–9,920 lbs and females can weigh 2,900–3,300 lbs. Let's learn more about these animals!Fun, Mind-Blowing Facts:
- Hippopotamus comes from the Greek word for "water horse"
- The animal can run up to 14 mph (23 km/h)
- A hippo snort is equivalent to the same volume as being 15 feet (4.6 m) away from speakers at a rock concert--115 decibels to be exact
- The world’s biggest population of hippos has crashed by 95%
- Hippos are the third-largest living land mammals
- They live to be 50 years old
- Hippos can eat up to 80 pounds of food during one night
With facts now known, it is time for some of the best pictures of hippopotamuses.