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Re: Hippo

Unread postby shangri-la » Thu Oct 16, 2008 2:55 pm

hi
i have read all about your Leopard whhh
i have just been to a post, and see a photo of a hippo in the mud like the one i took they whet in March this year and i September
this must be something they do, get deep into the mud as if they can not get out

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Re: Hippo

Unread postby gerharddb » Fri Oct 31, 2008 9:42 pm

Take a look at this video!!! Not for sensitive viewers!!! :(
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS1rU5SAskU
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Re: Hippo

Unread postby ice » Sun Nov 09, 2008 1:16 pm

just a quick question:

do hippos tolerate buffaloes in their pool? I mean on youtube there is a video of a kudu who had run into a pool to get away from a pack of wild dogs only to be torn apart by the hippo...or is an adult buffalo simply to big for a hippo so that they just try to coexist like hippos and crocs?

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Re: Hippo

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:36 pm

Hi ice.

This is an impossible question to answer with a yes or no.

Hippo can be very mean when they want to be. They are also much bigger than buffalo. So they will chase buffalo away from time to time.

But then I have also seen them near to each other in water without any problems! They are not direct competition for each other, and do not pose a threat to the other. It often happens in nature that animals of different species will be close to each other, and this happens between these two species as well.
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Re: Hippo

Unread postby Nico » Sat May 02, 2009 9:13 am

Here a little video about some hippo's in KNP some years ago. :wink:
[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A01TNsfOf24[/video]

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Why do hippos do a barrel roll

Unread postby bondm » Fri May 08, 2009 4:37 pm

Hi All,
I noted a picture posted by Jock last July regarding a hippo doing a barrel roll in the water. I've seen this on a couple occasions in the past but last November saw the behavoir at 2 different locations.
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This first photo was taken at Girivana w/hole on the S12 west of Satara.
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This photo was taken a few days later at the recently refilled Berg-en-Dal dam.
Both were lone animals in the pools and presumably males. Can anyone explain the activity - is it to rid themselves of parasites or some sort of display to warn away other hippos, although none were in the vicinity that I could see. Bond UK

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Re: Why do hippos do a barrel roll

Unread postby Richprins » Fri May 08, 2009 5:33 pm

Hello and welcome, bondm!

I've never seen that!

If they were both males, it would probably be that they have lesions from a fight with other males, and fish are picking at them!

Normally they go and lie under a bush for a day or so, partly because the wounds heal quicker, but mostly because they have been "kicked out"!

Just my opinion... :?

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Re: Why do hippos do a barrel roll

Unread postby Tony Park » Sat May 09, 2009 4:25 am

I'm really interested in this - have been since Mrs P and i first saw a hippo doing this years ago.

Interesting about the fish picking at lesions. Someone I once asked guessed that maybe they had parasites on their bellies and were trying to somehow lose them by sunbaking!

Din't know, but I'd love to find out. I have a big fat belly and like to back float occasionally to get some sun on it - perhaps Hippos are the same?

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Re: Why do hippos do a barrel roll

Unread postby Jeanus » Sat May 09, 2009 8:45 am

Whenever I see (do boat cruises in a reserve almost daily) this it is normaly early am when the pod returns to the water or late pm just before leaving, the hippos involved are usualy young (not babies or the old bull in other words)and it seems to be a bit of playfulness to me.
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Re: Hippo

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Tue May 12, 2009 8:11 pm

A couple of photos, not taken in Kruger, taken of hippo.

This fellow actually poked the croc for a few minutes.
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Re: Hippo

Unread postby Mike1916 » Tue May 12, 2009 8:22 pm

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Re: Hippo

Unread postby bondm » Tue May 19, 2009 1:12 pm

Hi Guys,
Many thanks for all your replies re. the barrel rolling hippos. It's nice to know there are still some mysteries out there in the animal world.
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Re: Hippo

Unread postby Richprins » Sun May 31, 2009 6:29 pm

Nice pics, RUMURUTI!

Interesting how hippos and crocodiles coexist quite peacefully normally, but don't be fooled!

In the 70's/80's hippo were undergoing an annual helicopter census in the Olifants River in Kruger.

As the helicopter moves along the river, both species understandably dash for the water at some stage!

A spotter in one of the choppers saw a huge croc take advantage of the chaos and nab a small hippo calf as both were heading for safety! :shock:

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Re: Hippo

Unread postby RUMURUTI » Tue Jun 02, 2009 9:38 pm

Thanks Richprins,
I've seen hippos and crocodiles, maybe 80-100 total, share a small mud lake during a harsh dry season and crocs where actually lying on top of the hippos. An extremely tense atmosphere but proof that in certain occasions coexistence actually reaches high levels.
It rained about a week later and the two species returned to their normal behaviour and some nasty fights broke out.

Lobe hippos and have passed some wonderful evenings on riverbanks watching and listening to them.
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Re: Hippo

Unread postby Sprocky » Sun Jul 19, 2009 5:04 pm

Just a quick bump for this thread, taken today...

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