Hippos are the both water and land animals,
They are water animals because they mostly live in water for the whole day, and this is because they have got a fatty body that survives well in water. They are good swimmers,
Hippos stay submerged in the water during the day in order to protect their skin from the sun. … Hippos spend most of their sunlight hours partially submerged in fresh water (except in some areas where they do venture into the sea from time to time) and only leave the water after dark in order to look for grass to eat. This means that they go to the sea/land for feeding/grazing. They are 100% vegetarians, this means that they are grazers.
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. Whereas, some people believe that hippos were initially living on land and they just asked god to put them in water because they saw they bodies becoming too fatty and they could not survive on land.
Below is how it came,
“Hippos were initially land dwellers, and because they eat a lot of food, their body became too huge with a lot of fats. And in the process the too much African sun started hitting them, affecting their lives on land, just remember that their body became too much for them to handle,
The hippos sat and decided to only cry to God for a rescue, they then told God that “Oh God, please help us and put us off this land, we would love to go and live under the water, because the land is too much heating and we are not comfortable here” then God replied to them, please I have already allocated other residents in the water (fish, crocodiles and others) and you may harm them, and hippos said they will not harm any. Then God allowed them to go into the waters so that they can survive.
Whenever they are in water, they make sure that they do not kill or harm other animals, though sometimes they do, but they only do this for defense. When you see hippos opening their mouth, its said that they are showing God, that dear God, as we agreed, see in my mouth, there is no blood, there is no fish, so I have not eaten any of the residents in this water body. Also when they are defecating, you can always see them flapping their tail showing to God that there are no bones in their pour. Hahahaha curious, this is really interesting.
Hippos are also said to be having a lifespan of 40-50 years, and their gestation period is said to be 243 days or 8 months. Mating lasts a whopping half-hour, and is repeated over the three-day span when the female is fertile. After mating with the cow, the bull seeks out another female to repeat the process. Because they have multiple mates, hippos are polygamous.
WHERE CAN YOU FIND THE HIPPOS IN UGANDA
You can get a chance to see the hippos when you visit Uganda, a boat cruise a long Kazinga channel offer you an opportunity to see the a number of hippos, as its said to be having a biggest number of hippos in the whole world. You can also see the hippos when you do an outstanding guided boat cruise on lake mburo which in in lake mburo national park and its 10 km2, lake mburo national park itself is 370 km2, you can also see the hippos in Murchison falls national park ], along the river nile. The boat cruise normally takes over 2-3 hours.
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