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Hippos Are The Deadliest Animal On The Planet (Explained)

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Don’t get fooled by the look of a hippopotamus. Although hippos might seem to be cute, chubby and cuddly animals, they are not!.

Hippos are the most deadly animal on Earth. They can kill people. More people get killed by hippos than any other animal every year. Hippos have an extremely strong bite force of 2,600 kPa or 3 times more powerful than a lion’s bite force. This is caused by their territorial nature, which also makes them very suspicious of others and they do not trust anyone at all.

Hippopotamuses are very aggressive and become even fiercer during territorial fights. The male hippos try to establish who among them is the strongest to lead the group.

If hippos feel threatened by humans or other animals, they will do all they can to protect themselves.

That is why hippos are considered one of the deadliest mammals on the planet. They mark their territory in the water and sometimes also on land using their poop

In the event of an invasion of their space, they attack others without a thought. They won’t think twice before attacking the intruder.

Hippos use their large teeth and tusks when they fight with humans or other animals. Sometimes, young calves can fall victim to the wrath and temper of an adult hippo.

Why do hippos yawn? 

Hippos yawn because they are feeling threatened. They warn other animals that they should not come any closer because it is their territory by showing their teeth.

How fast do hippos run on land?

The graviportal structure allows them to carry a vast amount of weight on land. Despite their heavy size, they can run at a speed of 20 miles per hour. 

Human Hippo Conflict

The hippopotamus is one of the deadliest large land mammals. These semiaquatic giants can be very aggressive at times. They mark their territory, and they get extremely agitated when they see someone wandering into their environment.

Instances of hippos attacking unsuspecting boats or people wandering in the water are a common occurrence.

Searching For Food

Hippos might come across people when they are hungry and thirsty. They go through a high level of stress when they haven’t eaten. As a result, they attack humans. However, you must keep in mind that a hippo won’t attack humans just for the sake of feeding on them. 

They only attack if they feel threatened or if they think their calves are in danger. However, the hippos are extraordinarily paranoid and suspicious, so the attack rate is very high when faced with a hippo. 

How many people get attacked by hippos each year?

Each year in Africa, around 500 people get attacked by a hippo. Reports indicate they crush humans to death very quickly with their enormous bite pressure. But there are no reports of hippos eating any humans.

Why do hippos attack people?

Hippos consider human beings as a threat to them and also to their environment. They often mark their territory by defecating. So whenever a human strays into their territory, they will start to show their aggressive nature. This aggressive nature is expressed by the males and the female hippos who want to protect their little ones.

Are hippos friendly?

No. You can’t consider hippos to be friendly. That means the hippos are not at all pleasant or friendly towards other animals and human beings. Wild hippos kill over 500 people every year. On average, they can kill 3-4 people every two days.

Can hippos be tamed?

Well, hippos are considered to be the deadliest animals on the planet. Only in rare instances, you might tame a hippo, expectations being from a young age with friendly daily human contact. Even then, a hippo will be highly unreliable.

Hippos Get Attacked: A Rare Scenario

Under some circumstances, a hippo, especially a young hippo, can be attacked by a crocodile. The reason for not striking a fully grown hippo is because of their massive size. The hippos being stronger, can crush them to death with a single bite. But it is also likely that a crocodile can kill a hippopotamus with its sharp bite. They will, however, kill a young hippo who might have wandered along by them.

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Teresa Milne

Teresa is learning zoology and loves to share her knowledge through her articles. She has some pets that she adores two dogs, two cats, and one hamster. Teresa has also studied canine behaviour and canine nutrition.