The hippo is certainly an established member of the group of African mammals depicted on kindergarten walls. 'H' is for 'hippo' of course!
Fans of Fantasia enjoy the dancing hippo scene. It's the world's largest freshwater aquatic animal, although it returns to land to feed. Contrary
to its popular cuddly image, the hippo is arguably Africa's most dangerous mammal. It is certainly ill-tempered, and grumpy hippos often attack or
even kill people. Livingstone and other explorers were frequently assaulted by bulls swimming under their boats, perhaps mistaking the vessels for
rival males. It may still happen, but in Liwonde National Park, Malawi, on the Shire River (where this picture was taken), the boat drivers are
experienced at recognizing the warning signs. Cattle egrets associate with hippos, chasing insects disturbed by the lumbering animals.
The hippos blithely ignore the birds that find the animals convenient perches.