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What Eats A Hippopotamus?

A Yawning Hippo
What Eats A Hippo? Photo: Lars Brandt

What eats a hippopotamus?

What does a hippopotamus eat?

An adult hippo is a huge, aggressive animal, and no animal ever attacks one or tries to eat one. Even the largest crocodiles are afraid of hippopotamus.

However, baby hippos sometimes are eaten by other animals when they stray away from their mothers. Crocodiles, lions, and hyenas all sometimes eat young hippos if they can attack them without being attacked themselves by the adults in the baby hippo’s herd.

That’s why baby hippos try to stay close to their mothers.

So, what does a hippo eat? Hippopotamuses eat different types of vegetation, both in the water and on land.

Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.
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