Hippo Sunkenby Fernando Vieira
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ABOUT THE ART
Hippos were sacred to the ancient Egyptians. The goddess of fertility, Tuéris, was represented as a bipedal hippopotamus.
Hippos are social animals living in groups of 10 to 30 animals, although groups of more than a hundred already been observed. The groups have several females and males but only one alpha male. Mediation meetings between males of the same group is made through the practice of "gaping", which consists in confronting the two males in the water and opening their mouths at an angle of up to 140 degrees, so give the opponent an estimate of size, thus subjecting the smaller individuals and avoiding physical confrontations that could hurt both.