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Old 14th Oct 2014, 13:45
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Knarked river horse from the look ont, Hippo = horse, potto = river, mus = ere, living in. in that furrin.
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 14:13
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In Africa, Hippos kill more humans than any other large mammal. The animal which is responsible for most deaths there is the Mosquito.
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 14:14
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Thought that hippo looked a bit peeved about something! Went on safari in Kenya 18 years ago, and spent a couple of nights at a tented camp near a river. Hippos kept us awake half the night with their racket. Monkeys there were clever - while we were sat outside the front of the tent one afternoon one of them did a little dance show out in front of us, while a couple of his mates tried to sneak into the tent behind us! We thought we'd thwarted them, but at some point in those 2 days one of our rolls of film disappeared, so we lost our record of an early morning balloon flight - may or may not have been them of course.
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 14:41
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That Hippo. We had a teacher who looked just like that. We called him Hippo.

Then there is the richest animal in Africa.
The Rhinocerus. He has piles of money.
Rhino meaning money, sore-rus meaning piles.


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Old 14th Oct 2014, 14:42
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'Snot a laughing matter.

Eeeewww.

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Old 14th Oct 2014, 15:11
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Always said if you were lucky enough to be born in England never venture more than 500 yards from the spot you were born at,those there furrin places are truly ghastly.

Not seen so much as a hint today that this solar system actually has a primary.

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Old 14th Oct 2014, 17:28
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This is Billy, taken down from the end of the High Level Bridge and given a warmer berth on the platform of Newcastle Central.
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 18:02
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Let us get our ducks in a line here. We live with hippos right in front of the house. Mossies kill more people here than anything else - true (I am on the veranda getting bitten right now - pesky things) but they are not animals. Hippos are the biggest killer for an animal, but if you know the rules they are not the most dangerous. Also many local people can't swim and a hippo may not be attacking but just comes up under a mokoro (dug out canoe) tips it over and the local drowns. Had this happen just up river from us last year. The most dangerous animal is a lone male buffalo. They are as grumpy as hell and will just charge you on sight. The solution is to have a nice attractive female one on a lead with you to distract him. As for lions and leopards they are just big pussy cats, again if you know the rules when you encounter them.
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 18:17
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Mmmmmbuffalo steaks...!
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 18:50
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I quite agree that old male Buffalo are probably the most aggressive animals you may meet in Southern Africa. I have never seen a solitary one, all I have seen have been in groups of 3 or 4. Even those I have kept well clear of. However, Hippos kill more people that Buffalo possibly because they are not always easy to see.

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Old 14th Oct 2014, 19:11
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Hippos kill people because people get between them and water when they leave the rivers to browse at night, usually on villagers' fields. They leave very handy trails down to the water which people use, often meeting Senor Hippo going the other way, which is when it all goes wahoonie shaped.

Had a young thruster of an officer who wasn't inclined to listen to a mere troop when one of the guys informed him that staying away from hippo paths and avoiding the river bank was probably a good idea. We all saw it developing as the shit soared majestically towards the fan and acted accordingly, but our young thruster didn't and got trampled for his trouble. Fortunately the only bit that got permanently damaged was his dignity. Never did live it down...

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Old 14th Oct 2014, 19:19
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Good day all. Sunny again no rain as predicted.

Saw something in the online paper the other day of some buffaloes killing a lion.
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 19:19
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Just watched a fascinating clip on The One Show of two Peregrine Falcons seeing off a Buzzard. Boy, can those birds shift!
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 19:49
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Yep, keep clear of a hippo is what I always tell my people when in the region. The buffalo one came across last week wasn't so lucky though, what with a family of lions feasting on it in the early morning. Interesting they still tend to choose a buffalo despite an abundance of less aggressive prey around. Maybe they developed a special hunting technique, a fully grown buffalo is of course a better meal than your average zebra or wildebeest...
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:17
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I'm more than happy to live in a land where the largest carnivore is the Badger and his preference is for worms and beetles not peoples.
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:25
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The bunny is the largest land mammal I have to deal with. Mind, they can give you a funny look sometimes.
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:41
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The badgers have been feasting on my windfall apples and pears with the expected results. Wellington boots essential for my family at present!
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:42
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Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:45
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You have to watch out for those bunnies - some of them have HUGE SHARP ... they can LEAP ABOUT ... er ... LOOK AT THE BONES!

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Old 14th Oct 2014, 20:46
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I was told hippos are OK if you throw a ball for them.
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