I am fascinated by the combination of body fat and thick waxy hair. Nostrils close like fleshy trapdoors, the feet look like huge hands. I am talking hippos, not men.
Other aspects of the physical appearance of a hippo’s body intrigue me: bulging eyes and pink ears, becoming see-through red as the sun sets behind the dome-like bodies. I am strangely intrigued by the huge yellow teeth when they are yawning and the bouncy thigh-rubbing walk as if trying to be elegant in slippers.
I love hippos. They might be the deadliest mammal in Africa, killing more people than sharks and lions, but I adore their huge pink-grey orb-like figures and ominously laidback attitude of their life in water.