The pink skin and tongue captured my attention. Ditto the ivory stained teeth.
Plus, a mouth wide enough to do some serious damage.
"Hippos are one of the most dangerous animals in the world. Their massive weight, anatomy, and aggressive behavior are a major threat. On the African continent, hippos are responsible for about 500 human deaths yearly. Put aside their cute and peaceful look, hippos are extremely dangerous and unpredictable animals.
They are omnivores, but they usually survive on plants only, like the grass in the open savannah. However, for an animal that does not need teeth to feed, the hippos have blade-like sharp incisors and canine tusks. These structures were not made to mow the grasses in the savannah or cut down trees. These teeth were made to mow misbehaving animals, competition, or threats to their territory. Added to these insane tooth structures is a hippo's powerful jaw. The hippo jaw can open as wide as 150 degrees – 30 more degrees, and it’s a deadly straight line. Once the jaws are stretched as such, in one slam, hippos can crush the skull of any land animal, including their kind – even a man.
Hippos are responsible for around 500 deaths of people in Africa per year. Hippopotamuses are particularly aggressive in the water, and males would attack anybody that crosses their territory. Females tend to be less aggressive unless their young are threatened. The reason they attack humans has nothing to do with their diet, but with their unpredictable nature." wildexplained.com
So, if you are on safari in Africa, keep this in mind.
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