Beware of this Hippo!

Hippo. Ballpoint sketch. Drawing: Ulla Hennig

No, this hippopotamus is not yawning. The open mouth signals: “I feel threatened. I am dangerous. Leave and let me alone, or I am getting really mad!”

Hippos are the third largest land mammals by weight behind the rhinoceros and the elephant. They are by nature very aggressive animals–they even fight against crocodiles. And the bulls fight each other in order to defend their territories (and the female hippos in them) or to enlarge their territories. Their big canine teeth serve as dangerous weapons in these fights.


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About Ulla Hennig

I live and work in Berlin. Taking photos is one of my hobbies, and writing is one of my hobbies, too. So I decided not only to show some of my pictures here but also present some of the thought which came wth the pictures.

4 responses to “Beware of this Hippo!”

  1. Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach says :

    Really nice drawing! Btw, my eldest told me to tell you – “I think you’re awesome and your blog is megacool too!” (she’s been following you for about 2 years now).

  2. Judy Adamson says :

    I like your hippo, Ulla, even though it looks like how I feel at the dentist!

  3. karencomics says :

    Well, done, Ulla! You really got that feeling of stre-e-e-tch with the open mouth. I wrote a song once about hippos, talking about their fierceness, in response to someone who had written a poem characterizing them as cute and harmless!

    • Ulla Hennig says :

      Thank you for taking the time to look and for your encouraging comment, Karen! It has been such a long time that I did it that I almost forgot the drawing…

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