Archive for the ‘Hippo Tales’ Category

Once upon a time, hippos used to love to eat fish. They waded into the river and ate perch, carp, sunfish, and catfish. The hippos loved to eat fish and they loved the water so much that they asked God if they could live partially in water. God agreed but made them promise to give […]

A Nigerian folktale explains something I’ve always wondered about: why the hippo lives in water. It goes like this: Long ago, the hippo ruled the land, second only to the elephant. The hippo king, Isantim, had seven wives. On occasion, he would give a big feast for the creatures of the land. But the hippo […]

You might think that hippos have always been herbivores. So you might be surprised to know that once upon a time, hippos ate meat. They were particularly fond of fish, impala, and egret. One day, the king of the hippos got some meat stuck in his teeth. He shook his head but he couldn’t dislodge […]

On the subject of completely irrelevant hippo trivia, here is an article I found on how hippos are helping scientists study brain sizes of island-dwelling creatures. Huh? you say. Just read on. “Ancient Madagascan hippos have shed light on the origins of the small brain of the 1-metre-tall human, known as the ‘hobbit’. By examining […]

I’ve always loved folktales, but surprisingly had never heard any hippo stories until recently. Well, maybe not so surprising, since I grew up in America where there are no free-ranging hippos whatsoever and not even any American folktales, now that I think of it. I guess early Americans were too busy fighting the Brits and […]

A hippopotamus attends the fair. By chance, the first thing she sees is her own reflection in the fun house mirrors. “How beautiful I am!” she cries, preening and proud that her diet is working. Afraid of being trampled, the crowd scatters before her. “Everyone here loves me! They treat me like the Queen of […]

Okay, so this book doesn’t exactly feature hippos, but there is a very handsome hippo character who gets insulted by a talking melon. I wish I could show a picture but of course, the book has copyright restrictions. Here’s a link to the author’s website: http://www.janetstevens.com/books/anansi_books.html I’m sure I can show the cover so here […]