There are just a few things I know for sure about hippopotamuses. I know they are the deadliest large land mammal on the planet, and I know that there are not many things on the planet that are cuter than a baby hippopotamus. I can also tell you that I do NOT want a hippopotamus for Christmas. One other fact I recently learned about young hippos is that they can be really silly, much like human youngsters – and they are just as fun to watch.

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Remember When YOU Liked to Play in the Rain?

Most adults (I’m speaking for myself, at least) do their best to avoid the rain. We use massive umbrellas or we sprint to and from our vehicles so we don’t get wet. But that wasn’t the case when we were kids. I’m sure you remember a time when you couldn’t wait to get out in the rain – just running around, jumping in every puddle you could find, with no regard to how dirty and wet you might get. Come to find out, young hippos do that same thing.

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Fritz Loves to Frolic

The Cincinnati Zoo is home to a 5-month-old hippo named Fritz. The zoo shared a video of Fritz enjoying a recent rain shower. Now, I don’t know if this was Fritz’s first encounter with rain, but it sure looked like it was. The young calf is seen frolicking in the rain, having what appears to be the best time trying to catch raindrops in his mouth. Fritz also pops a squat and rolls around a bit in an awesomely muddle puddle. I guess when your species come from Africa, any kind of rain shower is a very welcome sight and is a reason to celebrate.

5 Reasons to Visit Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville, Indiana

There is quite an adventure on the West Side of Evansville, Indiana. What kind of adventure - It's a zoo! Mesker Park Zoo & Botanical Gardens is open 365 days a year and offers family memberships.

Petting Zoos Within Driving Distance of the Tri-State

Anyone who knows me knows that I prefer animals over people most days. I tell my boyfriend all of the time that when we retire, I want a little plot of land with some cows, goats, pigs, chickens, and a whole lot of dogs. A girl can dream, right?
Sadly, since I can't have my own farm anytime soon, I guess I will settle for enjoying other people's animals, which means frequenting petting zoos and farms is pretty common for us. Luckily, I don't have to drive far to pet all the animals I can fit into a day.
From elephants to highland cattle to Clydesdales and a coatimundi, the tristate offers a wide variety of petting zoos that can be visited in a short day trip. Next thing you know, you'll be making your own list of animals to have on your own dream farm like me.

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