I'm not the biggest fan of hippopotamuses. Not just because they look like mutant manatees who have somehow grown legs and inspired one of the most overhyped board games of all time, but also because they're murderers.
A whopping 2,900 people are killed annually by hippos in Africa every year. That's more than sharks, lions, cassowaries, and other dangerous as hell animals, so don't let their chunky appearance fool you; they're stone cold killers.
But, that doesn't change the fact that baby hippos are utterly adorable. I mean look at 'em.
And although hippos and humans are wildly different, it turns out that we have at least one major thing in common with them: We both really, really like showers.
Fiona enjoys the shower
Fiona's morning routine includes walking onto a scale to get weighed and moving from there to the kitchen to drink about 60 ounces of formula. To encourage activity, her care team lets her explore the Fiona-proofed areas of the building (chaperoned). A few days ago, she walked into the dive room shower and stood there. Since hippos like to be wet, her caregiver turned on the water. Fiona played and eventually took a nap with the water running.Posted by Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden on Wednesday, April 19, 2017
As the water trickles down on her, she turns her head up and gives the cutest, most satisfied hippo smile. Fiona played and enjoyed the stream of water until she eventually took a nap with the water still running.
Now, I've never napped in a shower, but it's good to know that hippos value the private time to unwind as much as humans do. Maybe shout that piece of common ground if you find yourself face-to-face with a hippo who's about to trample you to a bloody pulp.