Photo: Cute Hippopotamus

How can anyone say a hippopotamus is not cute when you look at a picture like this staring back at you.

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Cute Hippopotamus
Photo of a hippopotamus with his cute little eyes resting upon the surface of the water in the zoo in New Zealand.

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The hippopotamus has cute eyes, small round ears and nostrils located extremely high on the roof of their skull so that they can spend hot days with a majority of their body below the surface of the water. The hippopotamus needs to stay cool in the waters of tropical rivers and prevent himself from getting a sunburn.

An adult hippopotamus does not usually float very well, so they usually propel themselves by leaps from pushing off the bottom. A young hippopotamus can stay afloat and are extremely cute as they swim by propelling themselves with kicks from their back legs.

A hippopotamus averages about 11 feet long and 5 feet tall and can weigh anywhere from 3,300 to 7,000 pounds. They are about the same size as a White Rhinoceros and have a lifespan of approximately 40 to 50 years.

This particular hippopotamus resides at the Auckland Zoo on the North Island of New Zealand where he lulls around in the waters of his habitat. If you have never witnessed a gigantic hippopotamus, be sure to visit the Auckland Zoo in New Zealand where you can capture some cute pictures of this big fellow.

Hippopotamus, Hippopotamus amphibius, at the Auckland Zoo, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand.

This picture is part of the photo album "Animal Pictures" - there are more beautiful images waiting for you.

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I photographed this photo with the digital SLR camera model Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II, aperture of f/6.3, exposure time of 1/500 sec. on ISO 100, as always I used a original Canon Lens, the focus lenght for this picture was 390mm.

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