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The hippopotamus is a very distinctive animal. The large grey African mammal often likes to spend its time in rivers, lakes and swamps - and they are ferocious beasts! Fun facts about hippos include the fact that the closest living relative to hippos are actually whales! They are also quite quick, being able to reach short running bursts of 30 km/h (19 mph).

9 Hippo Facts You Never Knew

Hippos are the third-largest land mammal species on Earth and they live in eastern central and southern sub-Saharan Africa.

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