Hippos are potentially the most aggressive animal on land. Where sharks are known to be deadly in the sea, in 2020 there were only 129 total cases of shark attacks. Hippos on the other hand average several hundred fatal attacks on humans every year. Are these dangerous giants all-powerful?
Even if you’re as obsessed with animals as we are, you often hear new facts you haven’t heard before, the kind which make you reappraise what you thought you knew. Everyone knows the saying that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but it’s also true that you shouldn’t judge an animal by its pelt.
If you’re eating while you read you might want to come back later, as we are about to dive into the rather foul sexual habits of the hippopotamus. If you’ve ever heard that old song “The Hippopotamus Song (Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud)”, you might not think that mud is quite so glorious after reading this. But before we enter gross-out territory, let’s first talk science.
Lets play out some hypothetical scenarios and see if the mighty elephant has what it takes to defeat some of the deadliest animals on Earth.
Before we get into the battles, lets break down the key attributes of elephants.
First and foremost, elephants are massive. They have dinosaur like proportions and stand over 10ft tall and weigh between 12,000 – 15,000 pounds.
One of the most dangerous and fierce animals in the animal kingdom is actually the hippopotamus. Their size, strength and aggressiveness makes them a formidable opponent against most animals. Let see how they would stack up in a fight against other apex predators from the animal kingdom.
If you’ve ever been to a gift shop and perused the aisles of stuffed animals, you have probably seen a cute and cuddly hippo toy, ready for the next child to gush over and want to take home. And it is no surprise that plush hippo animal toys are so popular. If you’ve ever seen a hippo in captivity, you’ve probably been in awe over how cute these animals can be. But in reality, hippos are extremely dangerous animals. In fact, the hippo is commonly known as one of the dangerous seven amongst African tour guides, with the hippopotamus being grouped with the cape buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros, and crocodile.