The name “hippopotamus” comes from a Greek word meaning “water horse” or “river horse.” But hippos are not related to horses at all—in fact, their closest living relatives may be pigs or whales and dolphins! There are two species of hippopotamus: the river, or common, hippo and the much smaller pygmy hippo.
Why is a hippo called a water horse?
Hippopotamuses love water, which is why the Greeks named them the “river horse.” Hippos spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cool under the hot African sun. Hippos are graceful in water, good swimmers, and can hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes.
Does hippopotamus mean horse?
It is a combination of the Greek words hippos, meaning “horse” and potamos, meaning “river.” In fact, the hippopotamus is more closely related to the hog than to the horse.
Is hippo skin bulletproof?
The skin of a Hippo is around 2 in thick and is almost bulletproof. But a Hippo can be shot down if the bullet pierces its torso where the skin is thin.
Can you eat hippo?
Hippo meat is a popular food in Africa and is considered a delicacy. The meat of the hippo can be cooked many different ways: grilled; roasted over an open fire or spit-roasted on top coals from wood fires (a traditional method.
Does hippo mean horse in Greek?
The word hippo in Greek means horse. This is the root for the word hippopotamus.
Are hippos scared of horses?
Hippos are the number one human killers among the mammals and they are very aggressive animals. They are also the most dangerous animals in Africa (after mosquitoes). There is a word hippophobia which means “fear of horses” as you mentioned.