Hippos are some of the largest animals on earth and have been clocked running up to 30 km/h. This makes them one of the fastest African animals, particularly among creatures of similar size.
Although it is difficult for humans to run underwater, a hippo can move at 15 mph (8 kph). The animal’s legs are dense and help them stay submerged in water and move very quickly along the bottom.
You cannot outrun a hippo even though they are much larger and stronger than you. They weigh between 3,000 and 4,000 pounds and have jaws that can kill someone with just one bite.
Hippos are fiercely territorial and will charge at anyone they think is threatening their territory. They also make loud noises like honks and roars to intimidate others and assert their dominance.
It is a good idea to avoid interacting with a hippo at any time unless you are sure of your intentions. These cantankerous animals will attack you without warning, and it is a good idea to keep some distance between you and them in case they start chasing you.
Despite being the third-largest land animal on the planet, you can’t outrun or outswim a hippo. They are highly capable swimmers and can hold their breath underwater for up to five minutes. They can also outswim you on land, although this is not possible for most people due to their weight.