Run, Nikica, Run! ...err swim? wade? float? wallow?

Buchbinder, Barry (NIH/NIAID) [E]
Wed Jan 13 22:53:00 GMT 2010

Dave Korn sent the following at Wednesday, January 13, 2010 3:16 PM
>> Hippo escapes from Montenegro zoo
>> A female hippo, Nikica, is on the loose in a village in southern
>> Montenegro after escaping from a flooded zoo.
>> The two-tonne animal, considered one of the world's most dangerous,
>> reportedly swam over the wall of her pen during heavy flooding in the
>> Balkan country.
>[ ... more ... ]
> Accompanied by video of a surprisingly placid and content-looking
> hippo, considering that water can't be at anything remotely like
> African temperatures.

I think that a hippo is pretty well insulated, so it is not clear to me
that Nikica would be that uncomfortable.  Extinct species of Hippos
lived far north as Britain.


Do northern zoos let their hippos go outside in the winter?

- Barry
  Disclaimer: Statements made herein are not made on behalf of NIAID.

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