How Fast Can a Hippo Run?


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The hippopotamus can run up to 19 mph over short distances. The average speed of a hippopotamus running is 14 mph, according to LiveScience.com. They are very fast for their size and can easily outrun a human.

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The hippopotamus is one of the most aggressive and unpredictable creatures in the world. Even though they are herbivores and do not typically attack humans, they charge if they are feeling scared or are trying to protect their young. Never stand between a hippo and water. Tips for avoiding a running hippopotamus are to climb a tree or run between rocks to slow them down.

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