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Although hippopotamuses cannot swim particularly well, they spend nearly all day in the water. They cannot simply drift along, because they're just too heavy. If they wish to cross a river, they allow themselves to sink to the bottom and walk along the river bed to the other shore.
Hippopotamuses can hold their breath underwater for up to 30 minutes.
- Scientific name : Hippopotamus amphibius
- Global Home : Africa
- Conservation Status : Vulnerable
- Primary habitat : Wetlands