Are the rhino and hippo in the same genetic family or are they completely different species?

You’d think so, wouldn’t you?

Both are large, ill-tempered, stumpy-legged herbivores. The hippo is second only to the elephant in the category of “heaviest land mammal”; the rhino is third.

However, they are not related. The rhino’s habitat may vary, depending on the species, but they are exclusively land-dwellers.

are the rhino and hippo in the same genetic family or are they completely different species

The hippo, in contrast, spends over half of its life in the water. Biologically, its closest living relative is the pig.

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