Beho Beho Bushblog – Godlisten – 9th July


The term Hippopotamus has been derived from the Greek words, Hippo meaning horse and potamus meaning river. That way it’s known as River Horse. After the Elephant and Rhinoceros, the hippo is the largest type of land mammal and the heaviest extant artiodactyl.


The female Hippos give birth to a baby calf one at a time within a time span of two to three years. Before and after giving birth, the expecting mother isolates herself for a time period of 10 to 44 days along with the baby. The mother nurses the baby for 12 months, staying by it in the early years and protecting it.


Like other mammals the female Hippos feed their babies with their own milk, but one thing that differentiates it is that the Hippo’s milk is bright pink. The reason why it is pink is that Hippos secrete two kinds of unique acids called Hipposudoric acid and Norhipposudoric acid. The two acids got their names from the word Hippotamus.


The Hipposurodic acid is reddish in colour and often known as Blood sweat although it’s neither blood nor sweat. Norhipposudoric acid is bright orange. Both these acids are strong enough to minimize the growth of the bacteria on the Hippo skin. The acids also act as a sunscreen for the Hippo’s skin as they absorb the UV rays that destroy the skin cells. In a milking Hippo the two acids get combined with the white milk and thus pink colored milk is produced.


So the formula is simple, White + Red = Pink

A single cup of Hippo milk has 500 calories.

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2 Responses to Beho Beho Bushblog – Godlisten – 9th July

  1. SARAH BAILEY says:

    Well, I never knew that! Thank you

  2. foibe says:

    thanx now i have learned some thing new from this about hippo… amazing… milk!!!!!

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