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Animals A to Z. The Letter H

Marty’s photo of the day #2619: It’s “Animals A thru Z Month.” Each day in August, I will post an animal I’ve photographed—somewhere in the world—in alphabetical order.

H is for Hippopotamus. As most people know, hippos are big. But rather than give you size and weight specifics, imagine this: When Deb and I were attacked by a hippo in Zimbabwe, the hippo lifted us six feet into the air. We were in a large, heavy-duty Canadian canoe. Nevertheless, the hippo’s lower tusks went through the bottom of our canoe, and its top teeth came over the top and snapped the gunwale. The entire middle of our canoe fit inside the hippo’s mouth! And yes, I still love hippos.

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