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45 Most Dangerous Animals In The World

Jan 17, 2019 10:38 AM EST

1 Hippopotamus

Hippos look like slow, lumbering giants who would be the type of creature to befriend a young child lost in the jungle or a frail little animal. It’s a reputation that couldn’t be more wrong. Despite being herbivores for the most part, hippopotamuses are incredibly aggressive and surprisingly agile. They’ve also been observed to feast on the occasional impala, kudu, eland, wildebeest, buffalo, and even fellow hippos.

According to a report from BBC, a hippo’s seemingly adorable mannerisms such as yawning and “laughing” can actually be cause for concern, as these are threat signs. While they’re not one to hunt people, stumbling upon a hippo in the jungle can sometimes put one in a precarious situation.

“They don’t go out and hunt humans, but if you encounter them on the way back to the water and you are in between, then you have to make a plan!” Johan Eksteen, a South African conservation ecologist and researcher, says.

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