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Can a hippo swim?

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May 20, 2008 11:31PM

Young hippos do swim, but older hippos generally propel themselves through water by thrusting against the bottom using their legs. This is because an adult hippo is not usually buoyant (doesn't float). So they must surface every few minutes to breathe, which they do automatically while sleeping. While hippos can travel in water at a top speed of maybe 5 miles per hour, they can run on land up to 25 miles per hour or even a little faster for short distances. Hippos can swim when they are young but when they are older they walk along the bottom of the river.