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Chased By Lions And Stuck In The Mud Poor Impala Is Killed By Angry Hippo

A poor Impala just can’t seem to catch a break, after being chased into the muddy water of a river by lions, the poor critter gets finished-off…by an angry bull Hippo. When you think of a hippo and you may imagine a great lumbering herbivore that spends most of its time wallowing in muddy water grinding up great mouthfuls of grass with its large flat teeth. But researchers claim the large aquatic mammals are not strict vegetarians, but regularly seem to eat meat. It was previously thought that hippos only hunted prey, or consume a carcass in rare circumstances to stop them from starving, but now experts say it is a common occurrence.

*Hippos are huge animals with fearsome tusks and aggressive natures, but they mainly eat plants. Sometimes they attack people and can tangle with crocodiles, sure, but they’re not predators or carnivores. Right? But a closer look reveals that hippos aren’t so herbivorous after all, says biologist Joseph Dudley. Despite their grass-heavy diets and all the adaptations that make them great grazers, hippos have been known to eat their fair share of meat.

There are scattered reports by scientists and amateur observers of hippos attacking, killing, and eating other animals, stealing kills from predators, and scavenging carcasses, including those of other hippos. Evolution has outfitted hippos and other big herbivores for a plant-based diet, and their guts and the microbes that live within them are adapted for fermenting and digesting lots of plant material. That doesn’t mean these herbivores animals can’t add meat to their menu, though.

 

 

H/T – *mentalfloss.com

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