Does the Hippopotamus Sweat Blood?

The hippopotamus, the second largest land animal after the elephant, spends most of its time partly submerged in a river. When the hippo does climb out of the water, its skin often secretes drops of a bright red liquid that looks just like blood.

Some circuses used to claim that they had “blood-sweating hippos” on display, but this red liquid is not blood, it’s sweat. The hippo secretes a red oil that mixes with its sweat to keep the hippo’s hide moist and soft, thus preventing it from drying out in the hot sun.

Though it may weigh as much as 6,000 pounds, the hippo isn’t harmless and can be aggressive!

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4 thoughts on “Does the Hippopotamus Sweat Blood?”

  1. Does the Hippopotamus Sweat Blood?
    It mentions that the hippo is a gentle, harmless vegetarian.

    I would have to disagree with the completely. The following quote is extracted from Wikipedia:
    “The hippopotamus is one of the most aggressive animals in the world, and are often regarded as the most dangerous animal in Africa.”

    Hopefully you can include the above information into the post I mentioned.

  2. You realise Wikipedia is not a factual website and that anyone can contribute information? Anyway, I would disagree as well. A hippo can be very aggressive. If you disagree I’ll watch while you go give one some pats.

  3. Actually wikipedia can remove unacceptable or false info. But yes, hippos are very aggressive towards humans.

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