Grandma Deka the 55-Year-Old Hippo

Hippos are only supposed to live to be around 30 or so but a hippo named Deka at the Ishikawa Zoo in Japan has far surpassed that average and reached 55 years of age on March 24 of 2010.

I was a little alarmed when the hippo started licking the zookeeper’s face because it seemed like her next move would be to chomp him up. But no worries!


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  1. Angie says:

    I LOVE YOU, DEKA….I ADORE ALL ANIMAL LIFE, AND SEEING HER LIFE STORY ON TV WAS JUST A BLESSING, AND BOY, DID I CRY…JUST SEEING HER GOING TOWARDS HER “BIRTHDAY CAKE” MADE OF OKRA, APPLES, CARROTS, AND ASPARAGUS…TIMELESS…HER TRAINER IS JUST SO WONDERFUL AND CARING..HE TOOK SUCH GOOD CARE OF HER…XOXO

  2. Elena says:

    WE LOVE YOU DEKA!!!! AFTER SEEING YOU PASS AWAY IN JAPAN, I CRIED THE HARDEST AT YOUR CEREMONY! I will love you and u will be in my heart forever and always dear Deka. Grandma Hippo! And your trainer, I love ya too. My deepest condolescnes Bro! MUAHHH! r.i.p.