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Although he seems so firm to us
He is merely flesh and blood.

The hippopotamus is the World's second largest terrestrial animal.


  • I shoot the Hippopotamus
    With bullets made of platinum,
    Because if I use leaden ones
    His hide is sure to flatten 'em.
    • Hilaire Belloc, "The Hippopotamus", The Bad Child's Book of Beasts (1896).
    • Parody: American women shoot the hippopotamus with eyebrows made of platinum.
  • The broad-backed hippopotamus
    Rests on his belly in the mud;
    Although he seems so firm to us
    He is merely flesh and blood.
  • Did you ever see the Rhinoceros, and the Hippopotamus, at the Zoological Gardens, trying to dance a minuet together? It is a touching sight.
    • Lewis Carroll, A Selection from the Letters of Lewis Carroll to his Child-Friends (1933) edited by Evelyn M. Hatch, Letter to Gaynor Simpson (27 December 1873), p. 91.
  • He thought he saw a Banker's Clerk
    Descending from the bus:
    He looked again, and found it was
    A Hippopotamus:
    'If this should stay to dine,' he said,
    'There won't be much for us!'
    • Lewis Carroll, Sylvie and Bruno, Chapter 7: The Baron's Embassy
  • A man looking at a hippopotamus may sometimes be tempted to regard a hippopotamus as an enormous mistake.
  • Behold the hippopotamus!
    We laugh at how he looks to us,
    And yet in moments dank and grim,
    I wonder how we look to him.
  • Away on the hilltop sat combing her hair
    His fair Hippopotamine maid.
    The Hippopotamus was no ignoramus
    And sang her this sweet serenade:

    Mud! Mud! Glorious mud!
    Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood.
    So, follow me, follow, down to the hollow,
    And there let us wallow in glorious mud.
  • There is something about a blurb-writer paying his respects to a funny book which puts one in mind of a short-sighted lord mayor raising his hat to a hippopotamus.
  • The muckle hippopotamus
    spelders in glaur apo’ his kite.
    A solid fact he seems tae some.
    They arena right.

    The hippo’s coorse digestive tract
    erodes through frequent emptying.
    The KIRK’s the only solid fact
    that winna ding.

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