Momo meerkat asks, “Why don’t hippopotamuses let other animals join them in rivers?“
Interesting question, Momo Meerkat! Hippopotamuses are actually pretty aggressive with each other. As a result, other animals, like kudu and impala (both types of African antelope) may avoid the waters when hippopotamuses are around to avoid getting caught in the middle of a hippo fight. Hippos are mostly herbivores (meaning they eat plants), but they sometimes eat other animals! This is why many animals will give the hippos their space. There is a lot we don’t know about hippo behavior though, so keep asking questions, Momo Meerkat!
While it may be difficult to watch hippos in the wild, you can watch hippos at the San Diego Zoo here.
Main image [Source]: Two hippos fighting.
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