November is all about Hippos
This month we’ll be celebrating another iconic African animal – this time it’s the hefty, humungous hippopotamus. Their name is derived via Latin from the ancient Greek words for ‘horse of the river’ or ‘river horse’ (hippos – horse, potamos – river). Well, they don’t look much like horses, definitely more like pigs or perhaps cows. However – believe it or not – the hippopotamus’s closest living relatives are cetaceans – whales, dolphins and porpoises! Hippos diverged from these purely aquatic mammals about 55 million years ago. Read on for more fascinating facts about these fabulous fatties.
Enjoy a month full of Hippos.
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