In the wild, the hippo is a dangerous animal, some say it is the most dangerous animal in all of Africa. But the tamed version that we see in games and stuffed toys makes the hippopotamus image cheering and lovable.
The name, hippopotamus, is Greek for "river horse". I'm sorry, but horses are much better looking that this creature! Perhaps its ugliness is one of the reasons that the hippo is a much loved toy and cartoon character.
Did I miss a hippo toy that you like?
Yes, this is a photo I took when on a unique safari in South Sudan. You can read about it, and see a larger copy of the photo, on my article on safari in Nimule Park. Thanks for the compliment.
Hippos are adorable - and in real life they can be quite dangerous. I'm lucky to have gotten so close to one to take this photo and lucky to be here to talk about it.
The Hippos are adorable, both in real life and as toys.... though when you mentioned a song I figured it would be "I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas." :)
These toys are lovey, stuffed hippopotamus toys are cute.
Never heard of that song. I'll have to look it up.
These are cute. I'll have to keep them in mind for the grand-kids. My brother and I had a record when we were kids called, "I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas." We loved that song and played it over and over.
Love the "Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!"
Glad you got the Happy Hippo candy which is seriously yummy. Love hippos, they're very cute.
@Katiem - actually, there is a hippo pez dispenser but it's no longer available. You got me curious so I googled around and found a happy hippo candy bar and it is now included above.
@2uesday - never heard of that song. So looked it up and now included it as well.
Thanks guys! Much appreciated.