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Are hippos blue?

Last Updated: 28th May, 2020

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Real hippos are of course not blue, butmainly grey or brown. Blue was the color of the Nile River,where hippos lived. The Nile was a main source of life forthe Egyptians, so among other things this bright bluesymbolized life.

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In this regard, what is the color of a hippopotamus?

Yes, it is true the color of Hippo's milkis bright pink. The reason why it is pink is that hipposecretes two kind of unique acids called “Hipposudoricacid” and “Norhipposudoric acid“. The two acidsgot their names from the word Hippopotamus.

Furthermore, are hippos purple or gray? Hippos have thick gray orpurple-gray skin. They have brownish-pink coloringaround their ears and eyes. To move quickly on both land and inwater, hippos have some unique features.

what family is the hippo part of?

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Do hippos eat people?

Although they primarily only eatplants—munching on about 80 pounds of grass eachday—hippos are one of the most aggressive animals onEarth. They can snap a canoe in half with their powerful jaws, andthey kill about 500 people in Africa each year. But thisspecies is vulnerable and their numbers aredecreasing.

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