So, how could I get a photo of a wild hippo this close with it’s mouth open? It’s Jessica the hippo and she is somewhat of a celebrity. Washed up along a river bank as a new born in South Africa after an epic flood, she was taken in by a couple who’s land she washed up on. They decided to feed her and nurse her to health. Now, although living wild among other hippos on the river, she continues to live close by her adopted home and wanders up the path many times daily to feed on her preferred treat of cut up sweet potatoes. We petted her, fed her, and just ogled at her beauty and kind nature. Maybe it’s Jessica who’s adopted us humans for her own pets.
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