Hippopotamuses come across as such cuddly, friendly creatures. You see cartoon drawings of a Hippo and you go, "Hey, so cute!" but in truth, these creatures are anything but cuddly or friendly.
Last week, Mae and I caught a short snippet of an animal documentary at National Geographic Channel. The narrator tells us that Hippos are territorial creatures and proceeds to show us a "rarely recorded footage".
In the video, we see a mother Hippo and her little cub approaching a herd with the intention of being assimilated in this new community. Unfortunately a young Hippo, the alpha male of the group, has different ideas. He gets all worked up and proceed to attack Mom and Baby. Mom pushes Baby away and they're making a getaway under water when suddenly poor Baby Hippo gets separated from his mother. Alpha Male then grabs Baby by his teeth and shakes about, threshing the little cub around. Mae and I watched in shock as the struggling baby Hippo finally succumbs to the attack and sinks lifelessly into the depths of the river. That's when our parental instincts kicked in and we started screaming curses at the TV. Hehhehh... okay, so I was the only one. :)
So, the next time you see those Blue Hyppo ads on TV and you think, "What a cute fella," know that nothing could be further from the truth. Hippos are in fact the bastards of the animal kingdom. These savage beasts will stop at nothing to be at the top of their social order. We should send a bunch of Chinese fellas to eat up these vicious buggers. That ought to teach them!
Heh! We Chinese will eat any damn thing.