They Kill More Africans Than Europeans Every Year!
The hippopotamus is considered to be very aggressive and has frequently been reported as charging and attacking boats. Small boats can be capsized by hippos and passengers can be injured or killed by the animals or drown. In one case in Niger, a boat was capsized by a hippo and 13 people were killed. As hippopotamuses will often engage in raiding nearby crops if the opportunity arises, humans may also come in conflict with them on these occasions, with potential for fatalities on both sides.
The hippo is responsible for more human fatalities in Africa than any other large animal. Male hippos actively defend their territories which run along the banks of rivers and lakes. Females have also been known to get extremely aggressive if they sense anyone coming in between their babies, who stay in the water while she feeds on the shore. Hippos can run at speeds of over 20 miles an hour and they have enormous jaws which host up to 20 inch canines.
Hippopotamus, or ‘river horse’, and it causes more human deaths than any other large animal. Contrary to popular belief, hippos cannot actually breathe underwater, but they can hold their breaths for a long time and, being heavier than water, can walk along the bottom as if they were on land. Territorial males and females with babies are the most dangerous and since they can run at 20mph (32kmh) and have 20-inch (51cm) canines in their huge jaws, sensible people stay well out of reach at all times. Believe it or not, the whale is their closest living relative!!
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