The truth is, hippopotamuses can be quite fearsome! In fact, they’re considered to be one of the most aggressive creatures in the world and one of the most dangerous in Africa. Bull hippopotamuses are very territorial or just plain bad tempered, while female hippopotamuses are fiercely protective of their calves. So watch out!
These semi-aquatic African herbivores can grow to an impressive size of anywhere from 3 to 9 tons. Even at this size, however, they can run at almost 20 mph (30 kmh) – faster than humans. During the day they keep cool by submerging themselves in lakes, rivers and swamps, and then emerge at night to graze.
It’s safe to say these amazing and fascinating wild creatures make excellent subjects for creative imaginative play. This hippopotamus toy figurine from Safari Ltd. can be used to re-enact scenes from the jungles and savannahs of Africa, take up residence in your own personal toy zoo, or team up with your other toy humans and animals for fantastic imaginary adventures of your own invention. The possibilities are endless!
As with all Safari Ltd. toys, this hippopotamus toy has been professionally sculpted in a cool, lifelike pose, and the toy animal figure has been carefully hand painted in a realistic style.
Hippopotamus Toy specs:
Manufacturer: Safari Ltd. 270429
Measures: 5.5” L x 2.5” H (14 x 6.5 cm)
Recommended Ages: 3+
Interesting facts about hippos:
The name of the hippo comes from the ancient Greek words “river horse.”
A group of hippos is called a pod, herd, bloat, or dale.
Both of the following plural forms of hippopotamus are acceptable: hippos, hippopotamuses and hippopotami.