In a spurt of energy, this hippo shot out of the water without warning. I don’t know why, and moments later he was wading quietly with his friends. ~Tanzania
I’ve come to love the hippopotamus.
I’ll admit, I didn’t in the beginning.
They seemed, dare I say it? Boring. Always submerged beneath the murky depths of a watering hole just floating, honking and farting.
Such a handsome devil. This is the expression a hippo gives you when you meet face-to-face unexpectedly. ~Botswana
It was hard to find them attractive with their massive bodies, teeth the size of bananas and large bulbous heads topped off by absurdly small ears and eyes.
I couldn’t emotionally connect in the same way my heart swells when a lion cub appears, or speeds up when an elephant trumpets.
Translation: “I see you coming…GO AWAY!”~ Botswana
But as with most things, once you make the effort to spend the time, to really look, you begin to see the unexpected, the fascinating and the endearing.
Today I find the hippo oddly adorable. What turned me off, now makes me smile. They’re not boring at all, they’re rather dramatic actually, and full of life.
As I prepare for my return trip to Africa (South Africa and Kenya) next week, I look forward to more encounters with the hippo. I will greet them with fresh eyes and a warm heart, and who knows what I will find….
A pair of bruisers that were a tad annoyed that we had parked near their watering hole
I wonder if a hippo has ever gotten stuck this way? ~Botswana
When a wide-open mouth stance didn’t properly communicate his feelings , this VERY territorial hippo added vigorous splashing of water to his statement. ~Botswana
I honestly believe this big guy thought we couldn’t see him. ~Botswana
Lounging on a tiny island in the middle of the Mara River near our camp, this happy hippo pod took advantage of a cloudy day. ~Kenya
Face off: A thick, soupy, SMELLY watering hole hosting 60+ hippos suddenly moved aside to give this giant male his space. He held that VIP position for over and hour. ~Tanzania
“Let’s RUMBLE!” ~Tanzania
This is either romance or a drowning. You decide. ~ Kenya
A wonderful day in the bush ends with a curious pod of hippos at sunset. ~ Botswana