Hippopatamus, medium, lying

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Item #: Kö-F7520
Manufacturer Kösen, length 52 cm (~ 20.5"), grey
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Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) is derived from the ancient Greek "hippos" and "potamus" which means "horse of the river". Indeed, this is misleading, as they have no resemblance of or relation with horses. They look more similar to pigs, but are not related to those either. Surprisingly their closest living relative is the whale.
Hippoptamuses do live close to water, commonly rivers, spending most of their time in water. They need to do so, to relief themselves of their weight and to wet their skin, that otherwise gets chapped. However their food mainly consists of grass, they seldom eat water plants.

Even tough they do not look like it, they only have a thin layer of fat, the skin on the other hand is very thick. Therefore hippos are heavier than water and easily sink to the ground. They are not really capable of swimming, thus they move under water by walking on the ground. They can dive for some minutes, after which they have to return to the surface shortly, to breath. When sleeping they do not have to wake up for this.

Our hippopotamus is not a grown up yet. We don't know its age, maybe it is a youngster. It still loves to stay together with the small one, lying at the water, telling stories and taking a walk into the water. Just now it tells an exciting story what happened recently. Listen carefully!

On the photo the offered medium size hippopotamus is right. It spends time together with the small one (Kö-F7510) at a billabong.

Size: 52 cm (~ 20.5")
Colour: Grey
Filling: Polyester fibre
Manufacturer: Kösener Spielzeug Manufaktur, Germany

The proceeds of this sale will be donated to a children's charity organisation.


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