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Re: carnivorous hippos



--- On Sat, 1/23/10, Dan Chure <danchure@easilink.com> wrote:

> Vis-a-vis the omnivorous ceratopsian
> post a short while back, National Geographic Channel just
> ran a show entitled Cannibal Hippos.  This was about an
> anthrax outbreak in an African National Park (can't remember
> which) in 2004 which killed only hippos but killed almost
> 400 of them.  Turns out there are patches of ground
> that are naturally anthrax contaminated, but they are small
> and widespread.  A particularly dry year resulted in
> some hippos taking in more soil than normal while feeding on
> land and getting anthrax.   When they died,
> other hippos would feed on the intestines that hung out when
> decomposition breached the body wall. Hippos feeding on meat
> was only first reported in the mid 1990s (in that case
> killing and eating an antelope crossing a river at
> night)  but the show also had footage of another
> incident where a hippo was feeding on another hippos
> carcass.

Word association: "carnivorous hippos" ==> "sooner or later"...