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10 Fun Facts about Hippos

1. The name hippopotamus means ‘river horse’

2. Hippos typically live for around 45 years

3. Hippos can’t swim, even though they spend most of their time in water!

4. Although hippos might look a little chubby, they can easily outrun a human

5. Hippos have powerful jaws and sharp teeth that can crush a crocodile or split a boat in two

6. Hippo’s milk is bright pink

7. Hippos can’t jump

8. Hippos can weigh up to 3 ½ tonnes!

9. Hippos can’t sweat so they spend lots of time in the water to keep cool

10. Hippos can hold their breath for 6 minutes

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