Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Vacation Notice


HPP is going to spend a little time with family. See you in a week or so.

11 comments:

Elizabeth Fama said...

Beautiful, beautiful hippos. Sigh.

Greg said...

Yeah, I don't normally associate Hippos with cuteness but this is a really cute picture. :-) The baby is adorable.

chicago pop said...

Most accidental tourist deaths in African game parks are the result of hippo bites.

Greg said...

Probably from people saying "oh, look at the cute baby hippo!"

chicago pop said...

Exactly.

David Farley said...

If those hippos are squatting on University property, who's going to tell them to leave?

Richard Gill said...

Squatting is right! What's used as a pooper scooper, a front-end loader?

Elizabeth Fama said...

"Most accidental tourist deaths in African game parks are the result of hippo bites."

Most accidental tourist deaths in African game parks are the result of mosquito bites.

David Farley said...

You really don't want to be in front of, or behind of, a hippo.

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/1862/are-hippos-the-most-dangerous-animal

Elizabeth Fama said...

Wow, I dislike the sensationalizing tone of that article. My good friend runs a hippo preserve in Zimbabwe. Most hippo attacks occur in and near the water: fishermen take advantage of the fact that hippo dung in the water attracts fish, so they fish near pods, which is dangerous. Women wash their clothes in the river, etc., where they're just as likely to be dragged in by a crocodile. Wild animals are unpredictable, so just being near them is dangerous. Speaking of which.

Richard Gill said...

Re: woman in "Speaking of which" video, link furnished in Beth's comment. Clearly, that woman is from Hyde Park and was campaigning to restore polar bears to their natural habitat at the Point.