Saturday, March 7, 2015

Fact of the Day: River Horse

The animal known as the hippopotamus gets its name from the Greek word hippos which means "horse" and potamos which means "river". 

16 comments:

Theresa Mahoney said...

That's one horse I wouldn't want to ride!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Makes sense... but mostly, Greek.

DEZMOND said...

in my language they're called horse of the Nille

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Amazing horse !

Emmylou said...

Hippos are cute:)

NanaDiana said...

They are so comical-and certainly NOT what you would think of when you think "horse". lol

Debra She Who Seeks said...

The least graceful horse is still a million times more graceful than a hippo. Ironic that one should be named after the other.

Pat Hatt said...

Surely stay away from that horse

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I like them. And they certainly have their place in the world.

Anonymous said...

That hippo looks like he is diving off the starting block...about to swim the 50 meter swim.

stephen Hayes said...

I read that people think these dangerous animals are cute and get too close. More people are killed by these animals in Africa than by any other animal.

Christine said...

This is too interesting, love your facts!

Al Penwasser said...

The closest we got to a hippo was at the zoo in Rome. It was pretty neat how they let my daughter feed one of them. If I recall correctly, she gave them some carrots and a head of lettuce. Apparently, pizza was out.

Blue Grumpster said...

That I knew. It's the most dangerous horse on the planet too.

Blue Grumpster said...

My throat is horse.

Caro * said...

I love hippopotamus !! I discover another fact thanks to you :)