HIPPO STORY BY THE BAYEI TRIBE (Living in Nothern Botswana)
A folk story told around the fire-place
When God made me, he gave me this ugly skin. My skin was heavy and outside the water I will burn. I then asked God if I can stay in the water so I can keep my body cool.
God asked me “if you stay in the water, are you not going to eat my fishes?’
I then answered “No I won’t eat your fish, I’m only going into the water because I’m burning outside on land.”
Before I was granted to live in the water I had to make this confession
“While in the water I will keep opening my mouth, so you can see I don’t have any of your fish in the mouth. If I have to go to the toilet, I will go outside the water and spray my dung so you can see there is no fish-bone in it.”
That is why we see this big mammal living in the water in harmony with the fish.
FACTS ABOUT HIPPOS:
- Hippos stay in water to keep their skin moist and to prevent dehydration, sunburn and wounds.
- Dung showering is common in males as a visual ritual of dominance
- Hippos are generally vegetarians