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A hippo custody battle

Marty’s photo of the day #3040: Two days after Deb and I had been attacked by a hippo, we were in a fresh canoe on the Zambezi River and had to pass through a narrow channel. Blocking our way were two hippos fighting. Rather than risk losing another canoe to a hippo’s mouth, we pulled ashore and watched. Eventually we noticed two little heads popping up on the opposite side of the adults. “It’s a custody battle!” I declared.

If you look closely at this photo, you can see the two babies.

(The complete story of this Zimbabwe adventure is documented in my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.)

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