Hippos in the Garden

When we returned for dinner to my favorite guest house in St.Lucia (Serene Estate Boutique Guest House) two Hippos were grazing quietly in the garden beyond the pool.

I love Africa!

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These two were mating for a while now (as Lions do every 20-30 min for a few days). And the male’s brother is always nearby, but in a respectful distance to the mating couple.

Yesterday afternoon I observed the scene for a few hours and realized that the female was trying to get closer to the second – non mating – brother, but got pushed off by her possessive mate as soon as she tried to move into the submissive brothers direction.

Lion family life live!

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The German name for a Hippo is ‘Flusspferd’ which if translated literally mean river horse. But no matter what name they are given I think they are not ideal for riding.

And did you know that the closest living relatives of the Hippopotamidae are aquatic mammals like whales and dolphins? 😊

Enjoy your Saturday!