This was a charming story in our press with a sad ending. There were two Hippos, unconnected, that were roaming for similar reasons, young males kicked out of their pods by older and aggressive 'bulls' but in different places.
Unfortunately Solly, the Hippo you speak of in the article above has died before 'they' were able to work out how to get a crane close enough to the swimming pool to lift him out.
Nobody can say why so I will follow up. I do know that he was very stressed in the foreign environment but was 'comfortable' in that they emptied enough water from the pool so he could stand leaving enough to keep him cool in the heat that the Cape is experiencing at the moment.
I will get back to you all and let you know Francine -
Cheers for now
Last edited by Lestie - ContainerGardens; 10/22/12 04:40 PM.