Happy Hippo

David Shepherd

david shepherd happy hippo print
'Happy Hippo'
Signed, limited edition print
Date of publication 1995
Image Size:- 6" x 6"
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david shepherd happy hippo signed print

Hippos differ from all other large land mammals, being of semiaquatic habits, and spending their days in lakes and rivers.
They can be found in both savannah and forest areas.
Proper habitat requires enough water to submerge in and grass nearby.
Larger densities of the animals inhabit quiet waters with mostly firm, smooth sloping beaches.
Male hippos may be found in very small numbers in rapid waters in rocky gorges.
Hippos mostly live in freshwater habitats, however populations in West Africa mostly inhabit estuarine waters and may even be found at sea.
With the exception of eating, most of a hippo's life occurs in the water.,br /> Hippos leave the water at dusk and travel inland, sometimes up to 15 km (9 mi), to graze on short grasses, their main source of food.
They spend four to five hours grazing and can consume 68 kg (150 lb) of grass each night.
Like most herbivores, hippos will consume a variety of plants if presented with them, but their diet in nature consists almost entirely of grass, with only minimal consumption of aquatic plants.
Hippos are born with sterile intestines, and require bacteria obtained from their mothers' feces to digest vegetation.
On occasion, hippos have been filmed eating carrion, usually near the water.
There are other reports of meat-eating, and even cannibalism and predation.
The stomach anatomy of a hippo is not suited to carnivory, and meat-eating is likely caused by aberrant behaviour or nutritional stress.