Hippo SVG is an animal of the chordic type, mammalian class, pair of hoofed animals, pork-like (non-ruminant) groups, and hippopotamus families.
The Latin name Hippopotamus is borrowed from the ancient Greek language, where the animal was called a “river horse”. Such a name was given by the ancient Greeks to a giant beast who lived in fresh water and was able to make sounds resembling horse rust. In Russia, as well as in a number of CIS countries it is customary to call a hippopotamus a hippopotamus, and this name has biblical roots. The word behemoth in the book of Job is called one of the monsters – the embodiment of carnal desires. But in general, hippos and hippos are the same animal.
Initially, pigs were considered to be the closest relatives of the hippos, but studies in 2007 showed that the hippos were closely related to the whales, which is determined by a number of common characteristics, such as the ability to give birth and feed their babies underwater, the absence of sebaceous glands, the presence of a special signaling system for communication and the structure of reproductive organs.
Thanks to the unique appearance of the hippo, it is difficult to confuse it with any other animal. Hippopotamus is distinguished by a giant barrel-shaped body, and with its size the hippo competes with a white rhinoceros and is slightly smaller than an elephant. After the elephant, the hippopotamus (as well as the rhino) is the second-largest animal on land by weight. Hippopotamus grows throughout life, at the age of 10 the hippopotamus of both sexes weigh almost equally, and then the males begin to build up their weight much more intensively than the females, and then there is a difference between the sexes.
The massive body of the hippopotamus ends with such short legs that the animal’s stomach almost touches the ground when walking. On each leg there are 4 toes, on the ends of which there is a peculiar hoof. There are membranes between the fingers, so that the hippopotamus swims perfectly and does not drown in the swampy soil.
The tail of an ordinary Hippo SVG, which grows up to 56 cm, is thick, round at the base, gradually shrinking and becomes almost flat by the end. Due to this tail structure, the hippopotamus is able to spray its manure over a considerable distance, up to the tops of the trees, marking in such an unusual way an individual area.
A huge head of a hippopotamus is a quarter of the total body weight, and a common hippopotamus can weigh almost a ton. The front part of the skull is slightly blunted and has a rectangular shape in the profile. The ears are small, very mobile, the nostrils are enlarged, sticking up, the eyes are small, buried in the fleshy eyelids.
The ears, nostrils and eyes of the hippopotamus are planted high and on the same line, so that the animal is almost entirely immersed in water, while continuing to breathe, watch and listen. Eyes and nostrils of dwarf hippopotamies do not protrude from the head as strongly as of ordinary Hippos SVG.
Male hippopotamus can be distinguished from female hippopotamus by pineal blows, which are located at the side of the nostrils. These bloats are the basis of the large canines of the male. In addition, females are slightly shredded by males, and the head of females is smaller in relation to the body.